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Bernama Malaysian National News Agency, 1 July 2005
60 Years Jail And 24 Lashes For Serial Rapist
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Bernama) -- An unemployed man was Friday sentenced to a total of 60 years imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here after he pleaded guilty of sodomising an Irish woman and a Kuwaiti student as well as raping a South Korean tourist.
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New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 6 July 2005
Dadah accused gets stiffer punishment
By A. Hafiz Yatim
PUTRAJAYA, July 5: He believed that he was a free man after serving five years in jail and being whipped three times on a drug possession charge.
But Chan Kheng Nam did not count on the Federal Court allowing an appeal by the prosecution for a stiffer punishment.
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Daily Express, Kota Kinabalu, 13 July 2005
Step up Immigration Act enforcement: MP
Kota Kinabalu: Tuaran MP Wilfred Madius Tangau urged officials involved in the enforcement of the Immigration Act to be more serious and stringent in discharging their duties and responsibilities.
He was reacting to a written reply from the Ministry of Home Affairs to his question in Parliament on the number of Immigration Act-related criminal cases ever since amendments were made a few years ago until May this year.
In the reply, the Ministry stated that a total of 3,052 illegal immigrants were sentenced or penalised under the Act, out of whom 1,049 were caned.
During the same period, only 14 employers were brought to court and out of that only four were fined and five sent to jail.
Considering the fact that there are more than one million foreign workers in Malaysia, the number being brought to court is relatively small.
Also, nothing was stated in the reply regarding offences committed by holders of the IMM13 document, said the Tuaran MP.
Madius is also hoping that the Government, especially the Immigration Department, will resolve anomalies pertaining to the position of IMM13 holders, who are essentially Filipino refugees, in Sabah.
"I am aware of the many government departments and agencies involved in the administration of the IMM13 document holders. And that is why I have suggested that the administration of the Filipino refugees in the State be put under the purview of the Immigration Department.
"However, it appears to me that at the moment there seems to be much confusion amongst the various ministries, departments and agencies as to the policies governing the future of the 65,000 Filipino refugees in the State," he added.
The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 28 July 2005
Hawker gets 15 years for another rape
By Opalyn Mok
PENANG: A chicken rice seller who was convicted of raping his 20-year-old maid last month in what was popularly known as "the carrot rape case", was sentenced to another 15 years' jail and ordered to be given six strokes of the rotan for raping an 11-year-old girl.
Seow Eng Aik, 37, was yesterday ordered by sessions judge Hadhariah Syed Ismail to serve the second sentence at the end of the first one which is a total of 36 years' jail, with nine strokes of the rotan, on three counts of raping the Indonesian maid.
Seow's wife, Tan Seok Hoon, 36, had earlier received a sentence of six years' imprisonment for abetting him in the rape of the maid.
Seow is to serve the earlier sentence concurrently, meaning 12 years' jail, but with yesterday's sentence, he would be serving a total of 27 years with 15 strokes of the rotan for the two convictions.
Yesterday, he was convicted of raping the girl, now 14, at his flat in Tingkat Paya Terubong in early April 2002.
In handing down judgment, Hadhariah said the defence's claim that Seow was set up by the victim's father was unbelievable.
"There was no reason for the victim's father to set him up as Seow had frequently given food to the family," she said.
She added that the only reason for the victim's father to be angry with Seow was because he had raped the man's daughter.
"Your defence is only bare denial so the court finds you guilty as charged."
Hadhariah added that the court has taken into consideration the fact that Seow had taken advantage of the family who is poor and also on the girl who suffered a mild mental handicap.
"You even dared to rape the girl in her own home, so I sentence you to 15 years with six strokes of the rotan to be served consecutively from the sentence you are now serving," Hadhariah said.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Hizween Azleena Othman Kamal urged the court to pass a deterrent sentence of more than 10 years' jail as rape is on the increase and the case was of public interest.
"Those who committed a sexual crime against a child deserve no mercy from any court of law," she said.
In the same court, Seow was also ordered to pay RM4,000 to the government for costs of prosecution and compensation for the "carrot rape case" of the maid.
Deputy public prosecutor Abdul Razak Musa had told the court that the prosecution had to provide food and lodging for the maid while she remained in the country for eight months during the trial and applied for Seow to be ordered to pay the costs.
Hadhariah ordered Seow to pay the compensation in monthly instalments of RM500 from Aug 1.
When defence counsel R. Sankra Krishna applied for the payment of compensation to be postponed because Seow is currently serving a jail sentence, the court rejected the application.
"There is no provision for postponement of compensation but only provision for compensation to be paid in monthly instalments," Hadhariah said.
"If the compensation is not fully settled, the court will issue a warrant for Seow's property to be auctioned to settle the amount."
Malay Mail, Kuala Lumpur, 29 July 2005
At the courts
Acehnese get 8 years, 10 strokes for drugs offence
SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR, July 29: Two Acehnese were each sentenced to eight years jail and ordered to be whipped 10 times after being found guilty of possession of dadah two years ago.
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