Malaysian gets life for drugs in Taiwan


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Jul 2008

A MALAYSIAN was sentenced to life imprisonment in Taiwan for drug trafficking, reported Sin Chew Daily.

The 19-year-old teenager was sentenced by a Taipei court on June 24 after being arrested at the Taipei International Airport with 2.141gm of heroin on March 24. He was waiting for his flight back to Malaysia when he was arrested.

His father fainted upon learning of the court verdict. The daily reported that the parents would file an appeal against the court’s decision.

The teenager, a deliveryman with a crystal decoration shop in Puchong, Selangor, was said to be a victim of an international drug trafficking syndicate. The daily also reported that Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wee Jeck Seng had passed an undisclosed amount to the teenager’s family. The money will be used to fund their trips to visit the teenager in Taiwan.

> China Press quoted Kelantan Human Capital, Youth, Sports and Non-Governmental Organisation Committee chairman Abdul Fatah Mahmood as saying that the length of shorts worn by footballers must be long enough to cover the knees.

He said the move was in accordance with Islamic religious teachings.

He also said the Kelantan Government was planning to build an indoor stadium catering only for sportswomen as the state currently did not have a stadium where women could train “unreservedly”.

> Nanyang Siang Pau quoted Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Noraini Ahmad as saying that the incentives offered under the “Brain Gain Malaysia” Programme would be revised.

The programme is meant to lure Malaysian professionals staying abroad to return to serve the country.

She said the incentive aspect was one of the reasons why many Malaysians did not want to return.

> Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.

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