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Police Nab Duo Who Turned Rented House Into ‘Drug Lab’

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KUALA LUMPUR – The police have detained two men who allegedly used a rented house in Chow Kit as a ‘drug laboratory’ to process methamphetamine.

During a raid on Jan 14, a police team also seized an assortment of drugs worth about RM150,000 from the house in Lorong Haji Taib 1 about 10.30pm.

Kuala Lumpur police chief, Datuk Tajudin Md Isa said the drugs comprised one kilogramme of crystal-like sustance believed to be syabu, 12 tubes of heroin and several drug-making paraphernalia and chemicals used to process methamphetamine.

He told a media conference here today that the suspects, aged 42 and 50, tested positive for methamphetamine.

The duo have been remanded for seven days, beginning Jan 15 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Earlier at a handing-over of duties ceremony, SAC Zainuddin Ahmad took over as the new Kuala Lumpur CID chief from ACP Abdul Razak Abdul Gahfur who was acting CID chief.

Abdul Razak resumed his original post as Kuala Lumpur CID deputy chief.

Zainuddin’s previous post as CID and Community Security chief was taken over by ACP Mohd Firdaus Abdullah. – BERNAMA

Johor Plans New Tourist Attractions In pontian

PONTIAN – The Johor government plans to establish new attractions in this town to draw more tourists, said State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.

He said the Pontian District Council plans included the building of a new landmark in this town and the painting of murals on the walls of buildings.

“The 3D murals would beautify the buildings. At the same time, the signboards would be revised to make it easier for tourists,” he told reporters after taking a first-hand look at several tourism products in the district yesterday.

Accompanying him was Pontian District Council president Suhairi Hashim.

Tee, who is the state assemblyman for Pulai Sebatang, said the efforts to transform Pontian were expected to be completed by August this year.

A week-long festival was also being planned in August for small- and medium-scale traders, he said.

Tee said that besides the town centre, the Pontian district was also rich in many types of natural tourist attractions which could generate the economy.

“Existing tourist attractions, including the Tanjung Piai National Park; Pulau Kukup National Park; Pineapple Museum; Bugis Museum and the seafood restaurant in the Kukup Laut fishing village, would continue to be promoted,” he said.

Tee said it was estimated that more than 4,000 tourists, especially from Singapore, visited Kukup Laut each week. – BERNAMA

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