On Wednesday (28 September), a beauty salon in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur that offers illegal dentistry services and training was raided by the Health Ministry after a tip-off by The Star.
It was reported that the beauty salon was operated by a 36-year-old single mother, who told the authorities that she is only looking for extra ‘pocket money’ by offering such services.
“I know it is wrong but I see many people doing it, so what’s the problem if I want to look for pocket money?” she said.
Among the confiscated items during the raid are dental probes, dental fillings and nickel-titanium wire that is commonly used for braces. The authorities also seized a desktop that was used to record certificates believed to have been issued to those that attended various illegal courses.
The courses offered at the beauty salon included veneer, whitening drip and platelet-rich plasma injections.
Meanwhile, Health Ministry dental officer Dr Taufik Firdaus said the preliminary investigation found that the beautician had not registered with the Malaysian Dental Council.
“We received a complaint … that the premises have been providing illegal dental treatments, hence we conducted our investigation before the raid.”
“We found dental materials that can be used as evidence. The case will be charged under Section 4(1) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act,” Dr Taufik said.
Nonetheless, The Star previously reported that the same beauty salon was found providing a handful of dental courses before issuing worthless certificates to its “students”.
The one-day crash course was priced between RM1,500 and RM3,000, which provide students with a starter kit to help them kickstart their own business including mobile dental services.
Those who attended the course will be given a polishing gadget, veneer composite, LED light, bonding agent, etchant gel, mouth retractor and other instruments, some of which are only sanctioned for use by medical practitioners.
Meanwhile, the woman said she acquired her skills from an Indonesian woman who also provided a one-day course before beginning to offer her service.
“Locals are not that skilful, so I went to her class in Danau Murni, Taman Desa in Kuala Lumpur. It cost me about RM3,600 for a day course.”
“After that, I set up my own business because there were a lot of requests. Also, many are doing it (providing veneer services) so I tried it myself just so that I could earn money as a single mother,” she said.