Don’t tamper with passports, public reminded


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 May 2016

MALAYSIAN passport holders are reminded that they are not allowed to write any notes or put any stic­kers on the pages of the travel document.

Sin Chew Daily highlighted a case in Taiwan where a girl, known only as Zhang, was asked to apply for a new passport after she added a Hello Kitty sticker to her passport following her visit to the Puteri Harbour Sanrio Hello Kitty Town in Johor sometime ago.

Taiwan immigration officer Wu Jia Hong was quoted as saying that it was illegal for Taiwanese to make any changes or add stamps, stickers and writing on their passports.

Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association president Datuk Albert Tan said the same rule applied in Malaysia.

He added that local travel agencies had not encountered such problems since most Malaysians were aware that official documents should not be tampered with.

> The so-called “cognitive enhan­cer” drug being sold on social media could lead to psychological disorder, according to doctors.

Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that some online pharmacies in China were selling cognitive enhancers, which were said to improve users’ cognitive ability and concentration, at about 10 yuan (RM6) per pill.

The pills were sold mostly on mobile apps with the promise that the drug had fewer side effects and was imported from the United States or other Western countries.

A user, known only as Madam Liu, said she tried a box of the so-called cognitive enhancers but the drug was not as effective as claimed, adding that she felt uncomfortable after taking it.

A doctor in China said an overdose or long-term consumption of the drug would lead to mental irritability or even a mental disorder.

> The daily also reported that a woman in China has been caring for her paralysed daughter-in-law without a single complaint for 20 years.

Despite having heart problems herself, Zhu Ming Luan, 86, had been caring for 65-year-old Zheng Ming Su, especially after the death of Zheng’s husband 12 years ago.

It was learnt that Zheng, who hails from Chengdu, became paraplegic 20 years ago following an accident on her way to work.

Zheng’s husband died of brain cancer eight years after she was paralysed.

Zhu had continued to work since then until her granddaughter – Zheng’s child – graduated from university and started working in Beijing.

On Mother’s Day recently, Zheng received flowers from her daughter but she gave the bouquet to Zhu as a token of gratitude for the elderly woman’s steadfast love and dedication.

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