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Thank your lucky stars, judge tells Nigerian


SHAH ALAM: A High Court judge told a Nigerian salesman to "thank his lucky stars" that some 48 drug capsules he ingested did not burst in his stomach.

"I am not a scientist or a doctor.

"But from what was written in the media, these people who carry drugs inside their stomach can die instantly when the capsules burst," said Justice Noor Azian Shaari during a drug trafficking trial here yesterday.

Camara Jean Guineenne, 32, pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of possessing 367.9gm of methamphetamine.

He was initially charged with trafficking, which provides for the mandatory death sentence.

Justice Noor Azian said Guineenne had risked his life by committing the offence and his family could have lost him if he died.

The court sentenced the accused to nine years in jail from the date of arrest and 10 strokes of the cane.

"You are lucky that your defence counsel sent a representation and the prosecution agreed to offer you the reduced charge.

"After this custodial jail time, you can return to your home country and you can see your twin children again," Justice Noor Azian added.

Guineenne was arrested at the Kuala Lum-pur International Airport on Feb 13 last year.

Initial inspection did not reveal any illegal items on him but he later defecated seven capsules at the airport.

He defecated several more times at the hospital revealing a total of 48 capsules.

Criminal activities by youths up 2.6 times


JOHOR BARU: Crime involving youths especially secondary school students, has increased by 2.6 times in the first six months of the year.

Federal police NKRA secretariat director Comm Datuk Wira Ayob Yaakob said the police recorded 873 cases compared to 335 cases within the same period last year.

He said that when the police launched Ops Cantas about two months ago, there was a drop in unhealthy activities involving youths.

He urged the public and school authorities to join hands in addressing the problem as the police alone cannot keep gang members away from students.

"The police have come up with several initiatives to ensure that youths would no longer be involved in crimes.

"Among those are working closely with the relevant agencies including schools, parents and the Education Department throughout the country," he said after attending a Southern Zone Crime Prevention Club seminar held at the Johor Education Department here yesterday.

Ayob said schools facing disciplinary problems such as truancy among its students should come forward and discuss the matter with the police.

In an unrelated matter, he said that the police had opened up 10,000 places for recruitment under the Police Volunteer Reserve (PVR) force.

He said the public should change their perception on the PVR, which is not similar to security guards, as the PVR takes care of government assets such as ports.

"Many under the PVR have other jobs and have to sacrifice their time with their families when on duty," he said.

AIM helps 35-year-old fulfil passion for business


Ever since she was a teenager, Siti Nooraisyah Mohd Noor has been fascinated by the thought of someday operating her own business.

After she completed schooling at the age of 17, she had already started getting herself in business, doing direct sales of cloths and scarves.

"I think I got the interest from my dad Mohd Noor Manaf, 85. He used to run a small sundy shop at our village and it seemed very exciting to me," said Siti who is now married with two children.

When she started working as an assistant in a clinic, Siti's passion for business did not go away and she continued with direct selling.

Her siblings, she said, had become teachers and showed no interest in business.

"I was the only one who was always interested in business.

"I would bring the scarves and clothes to work and would sell them to my colleagues," said Siti.

The 35-year-old said she then heard about Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM), which runs entrepreneurial workshops for women, and decided to join in.

She secured her first loan, which she used to buy various items to sell to her friends and family and ended up making a good profit.

"I decided that I wanted to set up a proper premise and start up my own stationary business.

"I knew starting up a business would be risky but I had to try.

"I received another loan of RM6,000 from AIM and secured a business premise for rent and that is how my business started," said Siti.

Luck was on Siti's side as her business flourished almost immediately.

After opening the first store in 2008, Siti, with the help of her husband now run two stationary stores, one in Seremban and one in Malacca, as well as another two bookstores in two schools in Seremban.

"My business has grown by leaps and bounds.

"When I started out, sales was about RM35,000 a month. Today, it exceeds RM200,000," she said.

Her husband, Shahrolnizam Samsudin, 37, has also left his job as a technician to help run their business.

"I have been attending various training programmes under the AIM banner and have learnt so much about how to sustain a business," she said.

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