Mocha Girls arrested in Malaysia
- 9月 14 2015 – 月曜日
Members of the all-female pop group Mocha Girls were arrested in Malaysia last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Friday.
According to DFA Assitant Secretary Charles Jose, the 6-member group and their promoter were held by Malaysian immigration last September 4 “for violating their social visit pass by performing without the necessary permit.”
“They were held in the immigration but the latest report of the embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday [said] the [Malaysian] immigration has decided not to file charges but to fine them,” said DFA spokesperson Charles Jose.
He said the embassy did not say how much the fine was.
In an official statement posted on their Facebook account, the group said they were on their second song last Friday when Malaysian immigration authorities raided the hotel where they were performing and asked for their passports and permit. “As our producer failed to produce the work permit that his contractual commitment with us mandated him [to do], we were taken into custody and detained in the Malaysian Immigration prison for 5 days,” the statement read.
According to the group, Malaysian authorities treated them “as criminals until they learned that Mocha Girls were legitimate artists and professional performers in the Philippines… some measure of courtesy and goodwill were extended to us.”
They clarified, “We were not detained for sexy performances as some would speculate. Mocha Girls’ regular venue for their performances is the international community and [we respect] the rules and culture of the country where we perform.”
The group is now back in the Philippines.
The Mocha Girls also thanked those who prayed for them and apologized to those who were concerned about their situation in Malaysia.