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Honeymooners being used to smuggle drugs overseas


PETALING JAYA: Drug syndicates are now using honeymooners and this tactic was exposed when a Malaysian couple was held for smuggling 6kg of heroin into Taiwan.

The syndicates, believed to be run by Nigerians, are smuggling drugs, including heroin and syabu, from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to other countries, especially Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Federal Narcotics Crime Inves­tigation Department director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said strict security at the KL International Airport had forced the syndicate to move their operations to Sabah.

"The Nigerians are using Malaysians to smuggle drugs overseas. They are even using newlyweds on honeymoon," he said.

The syndicates, said Comm Noor Rashid, had previously used Vietnamese and Cambodians as drug mules but the authorities were onto their modus operandi.

He said the authorities had detained three Malaysians, including a couple from Sabah, for attempting to smuggle drugs into Taiwan.

It is believed that the husband and wife, who were detained at the Taiwanese airport on Oct 15, were from Penampang and Tawau.

"We received information about the smuggling activity and quickly informed our counterparts in Taiwan. The two were detained upon arrival at the airport," he said.

A third suspect, he added, was later detained at the airport.

Comm Noor Rashid said the couple, believed to have married in September, were still being held by the Taiwanese police.

"We are working with Taiwanese police to ascertain whether the honeymooners were part of a syndicate or just victims.

"The husband claimed that at a job interview, his prospective employer had promised to recruit him if he helped send a suitcase to someone in Taiwan," he said.

Postgraduate student Ting is Perak’s youngest MCA Youth chief


KUALA LUMPUR: Ting Tai Fook, the new Perak MCA Youth chief, is the youngest to lead the wing in the state's history.

The 29-year-old postgraduate student defeated Liew Mun Hon, 37, by a 106-vote majority.

Ting, also Lumut MCA Youth chief, polled 262 votes while Liew, a businessman and Ipoh Timur Youth chief, bagged 156 votes.

In Selangor, Jessie Ooi, 34, failed in her bid to be the party's first woman to helm the state youth.

The businesswoman and mother of three bagged 228 votes while her male opponent Chong Sin Woon polled 396 votes.

This is the first time women are contesting in the Youth elections after the wing amended its con­stitution to accept women under 40.

Chong who attributed his victory to team spirit said his win had given him more confidence to vie for the national Youth chief's post in December.

In the Federal Territory, Tan Kok Eng is the new FT MCA Youth chief after defeating Soo Jing Wey.

Tan, who is the son of FT MCA chairman Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho, got 160 votes while Soo bagged 121.

The state MCA Youth nationwide held their elections yesterday.

Other newly elected state Youth chiefs are Lee Beng Seng (Penang), Leaw Kok Chan (Negri Sembilan), Koo Choon Peng (Johor), Chong Swee Wee (Kelantan) and Chung Muh Sa (Perlis) and Tan Chee Hiong (Kedah).

The four state MCA Youth chiefs who won uncontested when nominations closed on Monday are Leong Kim Soon (Pahang), Tan Jia Wei (Terengganu) and Adrian Lee (Sabah) and Lim Swee Hu (Mal­acca).

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Five in battle for three PAS veep posts


KUALA LUMPUR: The 59th PAS muktamar will see a five-way fight for the three vice-president posts, with incumbents Salahuddin Ayub, Datuk Husam Musa and Datuk Mahfuz Omar defending their posts against information chief Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and central working committee member Datuk Abu Bakar Chik.

The polls, on Nov 21-22, will also see deputy president Mohamad Sabu facing Kelantan deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah.

Husam and Tuan Ibrahim received the highest number of nominations for deputy presidents but both pulled out, deciding instead to compete in the VP race.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, meanwhile, retained his post uncontested when nominations closed on Friday night.

The contest for the Youth chief's post will be a three-cornered fight among Youth exco member Suhaizan Kaiat, Federal Territory youth chief Kamarulzaman Mohamad and lawyer Zulhazmi Sharif.

The top posts in PAS Dewan Ulama remained unchanged with chief Datuk Harun Taib, deputy chief Datuk Ahmad Yakob, who is also Kelantan Mentri Besar, and vice-president Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamad keeping their seats.

There were not enough nominations for the posts of auditor and deputy permanent chairman. Datuk Abu Kassim Abdullah remains the permanent chairman.

PAS election committee chairman Asmuni Awi said the vacancies would be filled during the muktamar, as required by the party's constitution.

He urged all candidates to campaign "in a healthy manner" without attacking rivals or abusing official functions to promote candidates.

"Any candidate seen putting down another to make himself look better will be referred to the disciplinary board," he warned after announcing the final candidature list at the PAS headquarters here yesterday.

He said any winning candidate proven to have campaigned unethically would be dropped.

The final candidate list has 61 people competing for central committee seats.

However, Asmuni said, the list would be subjected to checks with the Malaysian Department of Insolvency to ensure they are all eligible.

About 1,300 delegates from across the country will take part in the party's 59th muktamar.

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