- Compiled by MARTIN CARVALHO, NG SI HOOI and R. ARAVINTHAN
THEY sold drugs to pay for their wedding – and this landed the 24-year-old son of a policeman and his 23-year-old fiancée in the slammer.
Kosmo! reported that the couple, from George Town, Penang, were arrested with another suspect in a car by the Malaysian Border Control Agency near Changlun, Kedah. It is believed that the two were on their way to Danok, Thailand, to sell an assortment of drugs to their friends.
Kedah Aksem commander Abdul Latif Abd Rahman said there was a worrying trend where 99% of drug seizures involved youths between the age of 19 and 30 who tried to smuggle drugs to Danok to party.
Those arrested were mostly college and university students who paid RM10 for a border pass to enter Danok for an overnight stay to party with synthetic drugs, he added.
> The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has never issued any certification for “halal beer” or any beverage that uses the word “beer” or other prohibited products in its name, Berita Harian reported.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the use of the term halal bir was against the halal certification procedures of Jakim and state Islamic departments.
“The manual is clear that products using names or words that are synonymous with non-halal products or confusing terms such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer and the like do not qualify to apply for Malaysian halal certification,” he said.
He acknowledged that there were some beverages going by such names which either did not have any halal logo or had obtained their certification from private companies or overseas bodies.
He warned companies producing such drinks that they could face a fine of up to RM200,000 if they are found marketing their products using local halal certification.
- 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.
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