Why Mocha Girls were arrested in Malaysia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2015 07:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 12 2015 03:26 AM

Mocha Girls. Photo from Mocha Girls' facebook page

MANILA - All-female pop group Mocha Girls released a statement hours after returning to the Philippines on Friday, explaining the incident in Malaysia that led to their arrest.

On their official Facebook page, the group's members denied that they were "detained for their sexy performances as some would speculate."

According to the statement, the Mocha Girls arrived in Kuala Lumpur last September 4 from Thailand for the final leg of their world tour which has made stops in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

"They were rendering their second song number when the Malaysian Immigration authorities conducted a raid in the hotel they were performing, subjecting them to passport and the required permit inspection for our shows," it read.

"As our producer failed to produce the work permit that his contractual commitment with us mandated him, we were taken into custody and detained in the Malaysian Immigration prison for 5 days.

"We were initially treated as ordinary criminals until they learned that Mocha Girls were legitimate artists and professional performers in the Philippines that some measure of courtesy and goodwill were extended us."

The girl group went on to vehemently deny rumors that their "sexy performances" were the reason behind their arrest, and added that their lawyers will take the necessary legal action against the producer of their show in Malaysia.

"We wish to express our deep appreciation to all friends and fans who went out of their way to extend help and encouragement to us throughout our days of detention.

"And, finally to our brothers and sisters in Christ who continually prayed for us, our profound thanks," the Mocha Girls concluded.