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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 8 December 2004
Man gets life for armed robbery
ALOR STAR: A 49-year-old self-employed man was sentenced to life imprisonment for armed robbery involving RM1.19mil in Pendang two years ago.
Sessions Court judge Ghazali Cha also ordered that Abdul Wahab Che Pa, from Kampung Keda in Sik, receive six strokes of the rotan after finding him guilty.
Abdul Wahab was charged on Feb 21 with three others with robbing Safeguards Corporation Bhd at 2.25pm on Jan 14, 2002, at the Petronas petrol station in Pendang while armed with a pistol and a pump gun.
However, the other three were released without their defence being called on Sept 5 this year.
Abdul Wahab, who was ordered to enter his defence, had chosen to remain silent.
Clad in a white T-shirt and grey long pants, Abdul Wahab was calm when sentence was delivered.
His wife and five of his 10 children were also seen waiting outside the courtroom to meet him.
Ghazali said the case was serious and that the accused had understood the sentence that he could face under the Firearms (Increased Penalty) Act.
He said that since Abdul Wahab had chosen to remain silent, the court had no choice but to deliver the sentence.
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Bernama Malaysian National News Agency, Kuala Lumpur, 8 December 2004
More Than 18,000 Illegal Immigrants Whipped
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 (Bernama) -- A total 18,607 illegal
immigrants were whipped under an amendment to the Immigration Act
introduced in 2002, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai
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New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 9 December 2004
12 years' jail, rotan for sex with minor
By P. Sharmini
SEREMBAN, Dec 8: A 26-year-old youth was sentenced to 12 years jail by the Sessions Court today and ordered to be given four strokes of the rotan for raping a minor.
Mohd Rafizam Mohd Saleem (pix), from Felda Pasoh in Batu Kikir,
was accused of having consensual sexual intercourse with a
15-year-old girl in some bushes at 4th mile Jalan Pantai in Port
Dickson, about 12am on Jan 27 and again about 2am the same day.
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Daily Express, Kota Kinabalu, 10 December 2004
Suhakam unhappy illegals being whipped
SUHAKAM hopes the Federal Government will consider a more appropriate punishment to replace whipping currently imposed on foreigners entering the country illegally.
Its Chairman of Complaint and Inquiries Working Group, Prof. Datuk Mohd Hamdan Adnan, claimed caning did not serve as a long-term deterrent to the illegals.
"Whipping, to me, simply does not solve the problem because people who are hungry and starving would not care about the pain from caning as they are survivors.
"The caning will not frighten or deter them from coming back as their respective countries cannot provide them a better life," he said.
Instead, Hamdan believed strict punishment should be imposed on employers who are willing to hire illegals.
"In fact, these employers are one of the main causes of the continuing presence of the transient population which is said to be taking away the rights and privileges of the locals. "A majority of these employers are committing such offence as these illegal immigrants are a cheap source of labour," he said.
Hamdan also urged the Government to enforce proactive action on any measures to curb problems caused by illegals such as using fake personal documents and falsification of vital documents to obtain Malaysian Ics.
He believed the Government should put into effect the measure of taking the illegal immigrants' thumbprints which had been announced two or three years ago.
"We all know that these illegals use different aliases each time they enter the country and Sabah. Therefore, the country needed to have a permanent measure or method to take their thumbprints so that the relevant authorities can know how many times they have come and left the country."
Dr Chong noted that five years ago, the Federal Task Force had suggested that every illegal immigrant's thumbprints must be taken when they were sent back so that the relevant enforcement authorities could detect them at the entry points.
However, the suggestion was yet to be enforced in Sabah.
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New Sabah Times, Kota Kinabalu, 24 December 2004
Syabu man gets seven years
KOTA KINABALU: An unemployed foreigner was sentenced to seven years in jail and ordered to be given ten strokes of the cane at the Sessions Court here yesterday after he was found guilty to possessing 45.70 grams of syabu.
Musa Abdul Rahim, 36, was charged with having the drug on September 29 at about 8pm at the roadside of Sepanggar Bay in Menggatal.
According to the facts of the case, a team of policemen from the Narcotics Department here stopped Musa at the said venue and following a body check, they found two plastic packets on the accused. The packets contained crystal-like substance, which the Chemistry Department layer confirmed as syabu.
He was charged under Section 39A(2) (r ) of the Dangerous Drug Act.
Meanwhile, at the Magistrate's Court, a 37-year-old Bajau was sentenced to six months imprisonment from after pleading guilty to impersonating as a police officer.
The court ordered his jail sentence to run from the date of his arrest.
Junaidi Gali, unemployed, was charged under Section 170 of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment of up to two years or a fine or both.
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New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 25 December 2004
The measure of their lives is a prison cell
By Aniza Damis
Sixty people are serving natural life
sentences in Malaysian prisons, and more than half of these are
foreigners. Of the 60 prisoners currently serving natural life
sentences, 29 are Malaysian, 18 Filipino, 12 Indonesian and one
Singaporean, Deputy Internal Security Minister Chia Kwang Chye
told the New Straits Times.
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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 30 December 2004
Ex-con sent back to jail for snatch theft
KUALA LUMPUR: A trader with seven previous convictions was sentenced to 20 months in jail and given five strokes of the rotan by a magistrate's court here for snatching the handbag of a Thai woman.
Magistrate Normazaida Ahmad Narihan yesterday ordered Mohamed Jaafar Baharom to serve his sentence from the date of his arrest on Jan 2 and undergo a year's police supervision upon his release.
Mohamed Jaafar, 31, of Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, admitted to snatching a RM200 handbag containing RM10 and a Citibank credit card from Siripon Abell, 34, in front of Beach Club, Jalan Dang Wangi, here on Jan 2.
He committed the offence with Mohamed Fadzal Mohamed Isa, 27, who was jailed 30 months by the same court on Jan 19. Mohamed Jaafar claimed trial then but changed his plea today.
The offence under Section 379 of the Penal Code carries a maximum seven years' jail term or a fine, or both, upon conviction.
Mohamed Jaafar had previously been jailed and whipped for committing theft, housebreaking, retaining stolen property and armed robbery between 1992 and 2000. Bernama
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