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2 Indo FDHs jailed 3 months for unlicensed dentistry

30 September 2021

By The SUN 

The 2 FDHs were among 4 who ran an unlicensed dental clinic in Mongkok

Two Indonesian foreign domestic helpers were each jailed yesterday, Sept 29, to a total of three months in prison for breaching their conditions of stay and for “falsely pretending to be dentists.”

The two who avoided trial by pleading guilty to the charges, were identified in the Shatin Magistracy court list as Meta-Yulianti and Dwi-Retnowati.

Both were sentenced to imprisonment for three months for unlicensed practice of dentistry, and two months and 12 days for breaching their conditions of stay, all sentences to run concurrently.

The two were arrested along with two other fellow Indonesian workers in mid-April this year after Immigration officers received a tip-off that the workers had been renting a guesthouse in Mong Kok on their days off to practice illicit dentistry.

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Some pieces of equipment that were ultimately used as court exhibits were seized from the guesthouse.

The two other FDHs were sentenced earlier at Shatin court after pleading guilty to the same charges.

According to a statement issued today, Sept 30, by the Immigration Department, the arrested FDHs have never received any formal dental training and were not registered dentists in Hong Kong.


An earlier statement from Immigration said the four, aged 31 to 35 years old, were picked up from their employers’ houses. Seized from them were several items, including business cards and an account book.

They had reportedly carried out the illicit practice in the Mongkok guesthouse for more than a year.

Immigration reminded all FDHs that they should only perform domestic duties for the employer specified in their contract. They should not take up any other employment, including part-time domestic duties, with any other person, even at the instruction of their employer.


Anyone found guilty of breaching the conditions of their visa face prosecution and a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to two years' imprisonment.

In addition, section 3(1)(a) of the Dentists Registration Ordinance, prohibits any person who is not a registered dentist from practicing dentistry within Hong Kong. Violators face a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to three years' imprisonment.

In both cases, aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties.

Six suspected illegal workers were arrested in the latest Immigration raids

In a separate press release, Immigration said it arrested nine people after a series of anti-illegal worker operations codenamed “Twilight” from Sept 27 to 29.

The arrested people included six suspected illegal workers, five men and one woman, aged 30 to 59. Among them, one holds a recognizance form, which prohibits his from taking employment.

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Also arrested were two suspected employers, both men, aged 49 and 59, and a 50-year-old woman suspected to have abetted the illegal work.

A total of 32 target locations were raided, including factories, a flower shop, food and beverage areas, renovation work sites, residential buildings, restaurants and warehouse.

Again, Immigration warned that it is a serious offence both to work illegally and to hire people who are not lawfully employable, including an illegal immigrant, one who is the subject of a removal or deportation order, an overstayer or one denied permission to land.

Those found to have worked illegally, whether paid or unpaid, without permission from the Immigration Director, are liable to pay a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment.

Their employers face worse penalties, including a maximum fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for up to 10 years. The latest sentencing guideline from the High Court directs immediate custodial sentence for such employers.

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