Authorities urged to be more vigilant at border crossings

Nur Jazlan (in white shirt) presenting a donation to Muhammad Fazly Shah Rusli, 23 during the Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat in Taman Perling.

JOHOR BARU: Drug syndicates and distributors are always looking at new ways to smuggle drugs into Malaysia via the country’s entry points to avoid detection by the authorities.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the arrests of two Malaysians in Hatyai, Thailand, smuggling 700kg of crystal methamphetamine showed that they would not stop at nothing.

“While they might think they have ways to smuggle drugs into the country, we also have ways to detect their activities,’’ he told reporters during Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat at Taman Perling here.

Nur Jazlan was asked to comment on the arrests of the two Malaysian suspects aged 34 and 49 years, by Thailand’s Narcotocs Supression Bureau (NSB).

According to news reports, the suspects were nabbed by undercover policemen while they were busy unloading the drugs from a lorry transporting pineapples and watermelons.

The drugs would then be smuggled across the border into Malaysia.

Thai police also arrested the lorry driver and a local Thai man, whom the police suspect was an accomplice to the two Malaysians.

Three Bukit Aman officers interrogated the two Malaysians two days ago in Bangkok.

Nur Jazlan said good cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand resulted in crippling the trans-border drugs smuggling activities over the years.

“We will have to be more vigilant when the Bukit Kayu Hitam CIQ complex is expected to operate 24 hours next year from 12 hours now,’’ he said.

Separately, Nur Jazlan who is also Pulai Umno division chief said Umno would support any MCA candidate to be fielded for the Perling state seat, which is under the Pulai parliamentary constituency.

“It is the prerogative of MCA to choose the candidate for the Perling seat as it traditionally belongs to the party,’’ he said.

Nur Jazlan said the most important thing is to win back the seat in the general election formerly known as Pengkalan Rinting before the redelineation of electoral boundaries.

In the 2013 elections, DAP’s Cheo Yee How won Perling seat with 26,464 votes while Chang Mee Kee from MCA received 24,494 votes.

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