Two Singaporean men charged after being nabbed in Johor drug trafficking raids

Two Singaporean men who were taken into custody in Johor during drug raids were charged in Singapore on Thursday ( Jun 13 ) with drug trafficking and failing to report for urine tests.

The Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID ) of the Royal Malaysian Police detained the two men, ages 48 and 35, on May 29.

During the operation, the NCID arrested 14 suspects for drug trafficking and seized RM11.6 million ( S$ 3.2 million ) worth of drugs at various locations.

The two men were handed over to Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau ( CNB) on Jun 12. &nbsp,

According to a media release from CNB, the 48-year-old was wanted for suspected drug trafficking in Singapore, and the 35-year-old was wanted for failing to report for urinary checks since October 2023. &nbsp,

The 14 people, whose names are two Indonesian men, six international men, and six international women between the ages of 22 and 52, were taken into custody in seven raids around Johor Bahru and the Iskandar Puteri place, according to a statement from the Royal Malaysia Police, according to an earlier media speech. &nbsp,

Among those arrested was a 49- year- ancient foreign person, who is said to be a gang leader. The NCID even found the syndicate’s processing services.

It added that the projected weight of all the seized medication was 198.5kg, including joy powder and pills, syabu, morphine, Erimin- 5 pills and MDMA. &nbsp,

According to NCID producer Khaw Kok Chin, the amount of medication confiscated is enough to support the habit of about 1.24 million people. &nbsp,

The Royal Malaysia Police likewise seized six cars, 14 pieces of different models, jewellery, as well as RM204, 069 and S$ 22, 970 in money. The total value of the seized property is estimated to be RM1.17 million.

DRUGS HIDDEN IN JUICE PACKETS

Mr Khaw said the syndicate, which was active since January, would rent condominiums and terraced houses with fences and guards. &nbsp,

These locations would be used to process drugs before driving to neighboring nations. Following the raids, all the areas that processed drugs were closed down. &nbsp,

According to investigations, one of the strategies employed by the syndicate involved packing drugs in juice packets and producing substances that appeared to be painkillers in disguise. &nbsp,

Senior Assistant Commissioner Leon Chan, the acting director of the CNB, expressed his gratitude for the Royal Malaysia Police and Narcotics Crime Investigation Department.

” We thank our Malaysian counterparts for their assistance and prompt action in bringing the suspects back to Singapore to face the law,” the statement reads.

There is no safe haven for drug use, and both organizations will continue to cooperate closely to stop illicit drug trafficking.

If convicted, the men may face sentences of up to 30 years or life imprisonment with 15 strokes of the cane.

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Indonesia frets over online gambling after policewoman allegedly burnt gambler-husband to death

He noted that other events must take action because it involves economic institutions and cross-border online transactions, even though Kominfo itself has prevented and taken down many of the popular gambling software.

” The web is global, cross- country, the server is in another country’s security apparatus… thus, the eradication of online gambling is not the task of one ministry quite as Kominfo”, Mr Budi said.

The secretary explained that more than 2 million online casinos have already been blocked, but new ones keep popping up.

According to information from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center ( PPATK), which Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Hadi Tjahjanto released in April, about 3.2 million Indonesians are engaged in online gambling.

“80 per share of them play under the value of 100, 000 rupiah”, Mr Hadi said.

Data also indicate a significant rise in online gambling-related purchases. Over the past five years, Indonesian citizens ‘ online gambling transactions have increased by more than 8, 000 % in value.

It was 3.97 trillion ringgit in 2018. More recently, the number hit 104.41 trillion ringgit in 2022, while next year’s count was 327 trillion dirhams, according to PPATK information released in May.

For the first fourth of 2024 only, deals equivalent to 100 trillion ringgit were recorded, said Mr Hadi as quoted by CNN Indonesia.

According to federal officials, there are also connections between funds fraud and online gambling. &nbsp,

” It is not just online gambling, because there are several cases ( of money laundering ) where they got the ( illicit ) money from winning in gambling”, said communications minister Budi.

Caught IN HIGH- Attention LOANS

According to PPATK mind Ivan Yustiavandana, some people in Indonesia have resorted to taking out loans online as they are sucked into online gambling. He claimed that there is a more abundant supply of resources in the field of online gaming.

Mr. Ivan said the amount of the money was not little, as reported by Tirto on Wednesday, but he did not specify the number.

High interest rates are typically associated with online loans, especially those made available through illegal lending platforms. Many people who take out these loans to finance their gambling practice have become enroiled in debt and pain, especially when the losses from gambling are added.

According to the Center for Financial and Digital Literacy, there have been 14 deaths and attempted suicides in Indonesia since 2023, with the patients age ranging from 19 to 30 as of the date of the report from Media Indonesia.

A part of the Indonesian Navy shot himself in the brain at his Yahukimo, Papua work station in April, killing himself. The Indonesian National Army claimed in a formal declaration that the agent was depressed because of debts amounting to up to 819 million ringgit due to online gambling.

Earlier this month, another member of the military in Bogor, West Java committed murder, also reportedly due to online gaming.

One website gambler who did not want to be identified described to CNA how he became unhappy and had to buy his only bicycle to break his gambling habit.

The 40- yr- outdated office worker became stuck in 2022 and ended up borrowing up to 50 million rupiah to serve his addiction.

He explained to CNA that despite his best efforts to stop online gambling altogether, he has been attempting to break the habit.

” Gamblers are addicted if they win and eager to win if they lose, so they keep playing” .&nbsp,

He has stopped borrowing from online lenders and has only started gambling whenever he has money. He hopes to eventually stop playing the game completely.

” A gambler’s true victory is when he can stop gambling entirely”, he added.

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Thailand scraps proposed tourism fee

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‘No climate of fear in Hong Kong’: Top lawmaker on what has changed since 2019 protests

CNA: This discuss the reasoning behind several schemes under the national security law. Could you merely explain whether the judgments required a majority of the politicians ‘ votes?

Regina Ip: I tried to implement Article 23 up in 2003.

We failed to control the storyline and the media emotion, in my opinion. The main issue was that we did not have enough seats, though. We did not receive enough votes because one important pro-government group cut it.

But then, this time is different.

I believe that the vast majority of Hong Kong residents are aware that protecting national security is crucial after the 2019 unrest. Otherwise, we wo n’t have a day of peace and quiet. And the government is free of the anti-China elements who have long been against anyone involving China.

So, we passed the bill in seven times and signed it into law on March 19; however, during the Bill investigation process, which included me, the state accepted 91 modifications.

CNA: Did it surprise you that the act was only passed in that time frame?

Regina Ip: When the federal consulted me, my counsel was not to perform a three- fortnight consultation. As little as possible feasible, because people are now fully aware of the tenets and purposes of national security policy. &nbsp,

And with any piece of legislation, the longer, the more time you spend poring over it, you’re bound to find more flaws. People are bound to find unique loopholes, so to get it done, a little conversation time is enough.

CNA: But of course, some apartments of society also believe that the dark line is questionable.

Regina Ip: The purple lines will come out from the judge decisions. You may just learn the dark outlines after a laws has been tested and applied in court.

For instance, the first event in which a younger man was prosecuted for independence, advocating Hong Kong independence – the case of Tong Ying System, you know, a young man who charged at the officers on a bicycle with flags saying:” Liberate Hong Kong, Revolutions of the Times”. The judge ruled that these thoughts are rebel, they mean promoting Hong Kong freedom. &nbsp,

But obviously, the dark line is it. If you do it, you advocate. If you go to a group and say:” Rescue Hong Kong, this is rebellion of the days”. That says, evidently out of bounds.

So the red lines may come out of court decisions, you know, and they are coming out bit by bit.

The government has stated repeatedly that the most important elements of criminal law are a legal goal. You do everything consciously, and there has to be some action. &nbsp,

For instance, someone questioned,” If I have a pile of Apple Daily media ‘ front pages promoting Hong Kong independence under my bed, I forgot about it&nbsp, – do I get accused of having seditious materials now” as an example during our attention of the Bill.

If you left it under your bed by accident? Or if you keep it … for teaching law, what is the law on sedition? If you do n’t have any criminal intent and are n’t stirring up hatred, you ca n’t possibly commit an offence. &nbsp,

So the government and I have all been working very hard to explain the nature of criminal law. &nbsp,

I believe that those who are concerned should examine the law. The two elements in criminal law are mens rea, meaning criminal intent, and actus reus, meaning you have to do something.

Also, look at the numbers in the past four years. Ever since this law has been enacted, how many people have been arrested? 297. And how many have admitted guilt or entered guilty pleas? 120.

A recent arrest was made in accordance with our new law, this locally adopted law, but it involved the same group of people. Most people do n’t really care about the national security law, unless they have an endangering one’s.

So, it’s a very small number of bad actors intent on endangering national security. Other people have no cause for concern.

CNA: We talk about the global impact. For instance, the West has expressed concern that national security measures are fostering a sense of fear.

Regina Ip: In Hong Kong, there is no atmosphere of fear.

There are still 84, 000 Americans in Hong Kong, 1, 300 US enterprises, 300, 000 Canadians, and large numbers of Australians. They are aware that Hong Kong is secure and not prone to avert risk.

Of course, the Western media has been highly biased. They frame these bad actors as freedom fighters, you know, people who fight for democracy or freedom. Actually, the reality is very different.

Although this kind of negative publicity has had a toll on Hong Kong, our tourism numbers are rising, and there are no shortage of Five Eyes country officials, former officials, scholars traveling through Hong Kong, and people visiting there. There’s no problem whatsoever.

I think we must keep explaining. I do encourage the government to do more face- to- face engagements, other than just issuing a press release.

CNA: The Department of Justice now has more room to file an appeal against acquittals and for early release to be voided in accordance with Article 23. What is the balance here, with reintegration of the young activists who took part in 2019 ( protests )?

Is it really the best way to reconcile with young people if you just let them off without acknowledging the legal repercussions of the harm they have caused to society?

Because people immediately demanded amnesty after the riots broke out and said to” just let the young people go free.” &nbsp,

If these young people do n’t understand the legal ramifications, I do n’t believe that is a good way to reconcile, rebuild our society, or assist them.

You know, during the riots, our police have not fatally injured anyone. However, some of the young people have left after a brick was used to kill and ignite one person. They could not be traced.

CNA: What steps does the government take to ensure that they reintegrate into society and become productive members?

Regina Ip: Well, our Correctional Services Department has a rehabilitation programme&nbsp, – retraining and rehabilitation&nbsp, – and they do a good job.

But as you can see, some of these young people have a lot of trust in our authorities. One of them, Agnes Chow, was allowed to go abroad. She immediately went out to denounce Hong Kong after receiving her passport back.

So, can you really trust, or can all young people be trusted? They ask for leniency, but do they really understand, accept that they have damaged society and a lot of damage to our country and society?

I believe that everyone should try to comprehend and accept Hong Kong for what it is. We are part of China, just like Guangzhou or Hangzhou. Our country’s red lines are our red lines, where we do have a different way of life. We have a capitalist system, we have far greater freedom of expression, different forms of freedoms, and much stronger protection of human rights than many other democratic societies.

I’m hoping that people will see our situation and accept it.

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