PENANG: From the front, it looked just like any other shoplot but on the inside, the third-floor shoplot in Medan Fettes actually housed a fitness centre-cum-sauna used for gay sex parties.
A police team raided the premises at about 7.30pm on Sunday while a sex party was in progress and rounded up 34 men, aged between 22 and 55, including a Briton.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said numerous used condoms were found strewn all over the floor of the sauna by the team.
"Seven tubes of lubrication jelly, 20 gay magazines, four pornographic VCDs and six boxes of condoms were seized from the premises.
"The men were brought back to the Patani Road police station and released after their statements were taken. Three workers were also picked up in the raid.
"We will check with the authorities if the operator has abused his business licence. We will not tolerate the presence of such joints in the district," he said yesterday.
ACP Azam said the raid was part of the police's ongoing operation codenamed Ops Bersih aimed at keeping all types of vice activities in check.
A resident who wanted to be known only as Ah Leong, 35, said he had lived in the area all his life but he did not know that such a place existed.
"Apparently, the place was only known by word of mouth. I was told that the place had been in operation for more than a year."
On April 3, police raided two similar joints, which was operating without a licence, at a shopping complex in Jalan Burma and picked up more than 30 men.