SHAH ALAM, July 8 (Bernama) -- A Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblyman has called on the Selangor government to act against the rising number of foot massage centres in the state, saying the phenomenon could jeopardise the rural economy.
Budiman Mohd Zohdi (Sungai Panjang) claimed that in the last five years the sprouting of these centres, particularly in Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam and Tanjong Karang, had caused a culture shock among the people there.
"Besides these centres, there has been an increase in the number of masseurs, especially from Vietnam, Thailand and China, and this did not give any benefit to rural socio-economic development.
"For example, in Sekinchan, I was made to understand that there were 10 centres but now there are 17. Why has this happened? What is the focus of the state government in rural socio-economic development?" he said.
Budiman was speaking during the debate on the development of the rural infrastructure and economy in the state legislative assembly.
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He also claimed that the rise in the number of foot massage centres encouraged the establishment of cyber gambling centres in the same areas.
"I do not want our rural people from among the fishermen and farmers to be influenced by this development and spend their income at these centres," he said.
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