Amidst a rise in the number of unregistered and illegal aesthetic establishments in the country, consumers are advised to educate themselves and be self-aware when seeking beauty treatments.
Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that consumers must understand the potential risks of seeking treatment at beauty parlours and aesthetic centres which are not registered.
“Authorities are sought and blamed if (treatments at such establishments result in mishaps. (But) you are responsible for where you go to seek treatment,” he told consumers.
Dr Dzulkefly pointed out that some customers knowingly patronise unregistered and unauthorised aesthetic centres for the cheapest and fastest ways to look beautiful.
Nevertheless, on its part, the Health Ministry has increased enforcement and monitoring of the country’s beauty industry, Dr Dzulkefly said.
“We look into all reports and complaints made to us, and delegate the relevant authorities to take action,” he added.
Dr Dzulkelfy was responding to an exclusive report by Berita Harian on a worrying proliferation of unregistered and illegal aesthetic practitioners in Malaysia.
It is feared that their unapproved treatments could bring about various health problems as well as death, the Malay daily reported.
On the need to amend current Acts and laws to provide for stricter penalties against illegal aesthetic practitioners, Dr Dzulkefly said that current provisions in the law and regulations are enough.
He reiterated that consumers must ensure that the beauty premises they patronise offer accredited services.
“Make sure the clinics or centres conducting these services are registered and have obtained the Letter of Credentialing and Privileging (LCP) from the ministry,” he added.