Three Malaysians held in China over alleged drug trafficking


  • Nation
  • Friday, 27 May 2005

BY LOURDES CHARLES

KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysians have been arrested in China after 7kg of Ketamine was seized from them. 

The men are believed to be part of an international syndicate supplying drugs to China. 

One man was arrested when he used a false passport to enter China via Zhuhai city while his two accomplices were arrested in Shenzhen on March 11. The seizure was described as the biggest haul of Ketamine by Chinese authorities this year. 

(Ketamine, originally created as an anaesthetic, usually comes in liquid form in small bottles. It is popular among night clubbers as a recreational drug for its narcotic effects.) 

The three have been identified as Tee Kong King, 38, Ong Poh Yen, 43 and Yau Wee Huat.  

China imposes the death sentence on drug traffickers. 

A spokesman of the Malaysian Consul-General office in Guangzhou said it was making arrangements to meet the men. 

“We have written to the Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) and are waiting for them to allow us to visit them in jail. 

“Our office was informed of the arrests via a Third Party Note from the FAO,” the spokesman said in a telephone interview yesterday. 

The wife of one of the men has hired a lawyer.  

Federal police narcotics department director Deputy Comm Datuk Najib Abdul Aziz said they have yet to be informed about the arrest. 

An AFP report said the drugs were wrapped in silver foil and labelled as “health products” and one of the men carrying the bag fled when Customs officials searched the bag.  

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