Friday, February 24, 2012


Perhaps this is a departure from my normal submission to this blog i.e in respect of the subject matter. As a local newspaper reader, I am assailed by the number of smuggling cases at KLIA alone. Therefore the title as it is. The flights into KLIA are safe and normal but in all probability you may be traveling with a 'drug mule' as a passenger on the same flight. There is luxury in our country and therefore the constant number of 'mules' dropping and halting here. Initial warnings on board as the plane comes to land do not appear to arrest the inflow of smugglers.

 I was attracted late last year to see the success of the KLIA  Custom Director named Datuk M Govindan apprehending the 'mules' as they came in. Almost every day he and his men would be in the news with their successful story. Sadly  early this year he died of a heart attack. He and his men must have burned their midnight candles seeking ways and strategies to apprehend the smugglers from all the world. Now we must be glad to see his deputy Siti Baya Berahan taking over the challenging role and making good at it. A woman custom officer at that.

Feb 12,2012  "70 packets of drugs in His Stomach " -  A Nigerian with drugs in his stomach was held at the airport. Admitted to the Serdang Hospital 35 pellets ( 15 gm) each were removed through excretion.  On the same day and a few hours later, a 24 yr Bangladeshi was held with 6.15 kg of syabu.

Feb 18, 2012 Sepang, "Police nab woman who used her travel agency to smuggle drugs." A 43 yr woman and her Nigerian boyfriend, also her business partner and 8 employees aged 20 - 30 yrs were detained. Her workers as drug mules had succeeded in smuggling drugs a total of 25 times over the last 4 months, estimate  75 kg of drugs worth RM18.7 million. The local traveling agency had used the privilege 'green' lane for the local travel agencies people.

Earlier Malaysian Custom had given flights from Phnom Penh, Sien Reap, Manila, Bangladesh, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mozambique and Singapore as precautions for close surveillance. It seems now all flights into KLIA are subject to risk of invasion by the 'mules'.

The above episode highlights the danger we face in our country. The drugs come in and they go not into the drain but the  'pipelines' that spread throughout the country. We cannot leave it to the agencies concerned only to halt. We need to wake up. Too long we have been lulled and allowed the country an entity to business persons who gained and destroy our community because of their greed. The closing of visas to youth on pretext of studying in the country is long overdue but the inflow of illegal immigrants is another headache to be cleared. If only politic can halt their obsession and instead look at the calamity in the country then we can be assured of 'peace' and 'safety'.  For the moment our hats off to those guarding the frontiers.   

If there is a choice of priority and advancement what would you prefer? Strong economy, freedom of speech or whatever that are offered now or free from drugs and a sane community?

A pix in the local newspaper recently shocked the people. Hundreds of motor car and lorry engines cannibalized were found at a site. Why do such grand theft occur? One answer would sure be for the luxury of purchase. Drugs for sure require cash and what sure way of getting them! In the kampong ayam , itek, motor cycles etc become victims. Snatching, car breakages are reported every day.

For sure there is a sure need for awakening!     

                                                Your car engines could be here too!


MamaTim said...

Yep, we see aliens come in and go, using our country in bad ways and in some cases mistreating our people, a sad thing indeed.

In a foreign land when visiting/staying abroad, I've not seen any of our countrymen acting like the African blacks/etc (seemingly abusive even to our police-force when they are caught).. wallahu'alam..

kotastar said...

Mama Tim, I cannot agree with you more. Yes go to Indonesia or even Thailand and Singapore you will not see reaction as you described. How come they can behave in that way. Now the China Dolls too are complicating home lives too. I do wish we will take strong actions immediately to halt these traits.

Al-Manar said...

I am very sad to see what is increasingly happening around my home, young and old getting hooked on drugs - my people are doomed despite being born within this sacred religion.

Azizi Ahmad Termizi: said...

It seems that Malaysia is an easy passage/route. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, animal name it, we've got it.

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