A TOURIST from Penang was sent home after landing at the Gimhae International Airport in Busan for having an invalid passport, reported Guang Ming.
Aw Beng Li, 28, told the paper that she landed in South Korea on March 12 and was told by Immigration officers there that her passport was reported lost earlier.
”It’s true that my passport went missing in July last year.
“I lodged a report with the police and the Immigration Department.
”However, I found it two days later and informed the authorities to withdraw the report.
“At the same time, I had asked the officer there if I needed to re-apply for a new passport.
“But I was told that the passport was still valid,” she said.
Aw said she then used it and was allowed to leave Malaysia with it.
”I tried to get further clarification from the Republic of Korea embassy in Malaysia after returning, but was unsuccessful.
“A check with the Immigration office in Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim showed that my passport is still valid,” she said.
Immigration director-general Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim said that even if a person found his or her lost passport, they still needed to re-apply for a new passport.
”This is to prevent the lost passport from being embezzled.
“The instruction would have been conveyed to all branches,” he added.
Mustafa added that the department received about 1,500 missing passport reports every month.
> A seven-year-old boy who soaked a wristwatch in water was slapped by his mother’s boyfriend, reported Sin Chew Daily.
According to the report, the boy’s red and swollen face drew the attention of the parents of SJK(C) Pei Chai in Kuantan, where the boy was studying.
His father Loh Yok Liong was then alerted.
Loh, accompanied by Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang, called for a press conference where he said his son claimed that he was soaking the watch, given by the boyfriend, to test its water resistance.
“The act might have angered the man,” Loh said, adding that besides being slapped, there were 22 bruises all over his son’s body.
”At the hospital, he had nightmares, crying out not to beat him and kick him any more.”
Loh said he had lodged a police report over the matter.
? Found in Translation 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.
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