RM2,000 for a gun service

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  • Wednesday, 03 Dec 2014

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IT costs only RM2,000 for a gun or a homemade bomb to be delivered to the doorstep from southern Thailand, Harian Metro reported.

An agent who only wanted to be known as Tam said that more than 200 agents such as himself were active in smuggling weapons from southern Thailand to Malaysia.

Tam, a Thai in his 30s, said most of those involved were Thais and they work from border towns such as Padang Besar, Betong, Sungai Golok and Tak Bai.

“It costs RM2,000 for delivery, depending on the type of weapon and the distance,” he said.

He said the weapons were not bought by those who wanted to keep them as a hobby or for fun but by those who had plans to carry out illegal activities.

> Despite decades in the entertainment industry, 1980s rock band Search continues to garner much support, Sinar Harian reported.

It said the band’s concert on at Istana Budaya tomorrow was 80% sold and besides Malaysians, fans from Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei had also bought tickets.

Vocalist Amy Search promised a different performance from his regular gig.

“We will be presenting 20 songs for the two-hour performance and one of the songs which I will sing for the first time is Kejora Bersatu,” he said.

> Singer Mamat said his drug addiction almost killed his big dreams to be an entertainer, reported Utusan Malaysia.

Mamat or Mohd Ali Kamarudin, 36, who was detained in 2011 for taking methamphetamines and was under police supervision for two years, said that he had stopped taking drugs.

He said he regretted taking drugs because it had led to him losing his family.

“I know that many are still talking about me behind my back but this is what I have to go through.

“This will serve as a reminder to me so as not to get into any immoral activities again,” he said.

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