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SEREMBAN – Police arrested three men, aged between 33 and 46, and confiscated various drugs, an automatic pistol, a magazine, a pair of handcuffs and 72 live bullets in a raid on a house here on Friday.

Negeri Sembilan deputy police chief, SAC T. Narenasagaran said a police team from the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department, state police contingent headquarters found drugs believed to be syabu weighing 1,190 grammes, heroin(455 gm), ketamine (100 gm), opium (35 gm) and psychotropic drugs (89 tablets weighing 9.5 gm).

“We also seized three cars, a Toyota Estima, a Toyota Picnic and a Mercedes-Benz as well as a motorcycle belonging to the three suspects worth RM252,500.

“The three suspects who have a history of drugs and other criminal records, are remanded for seven days. The trio also tested positive for syabu,” he told a press conference here today.

Investigations revealed that the drugs obtained from Kuala Lumpur were to be distributed in Johor, while Negeri Sembilan only served as a transit point.

Meanwhile, on the same day, the Nilai Narcotics Division arrested a 52-year-old man and seized 275 gm of drug believed to be heroin from him.

The Jempol Narcotics Division also arrested a 36-year-old man on Friday and seized drugs alleged to be heroin weighing 25 gm, ganja weighing 1.1 gm and syabu weighing 0.22 gm.

“The market value of all the drugs seized amounts to about RM390,000,” said Narenasagaran. – BERNAMA

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BESUT – An ex-convict who was released in April for a drugs possession offence, was arrested again here on Thursday for the same offence.

Besut police chief Supt Khaled Che Lah said the 28-year old, a fisherman, was detained at 9.30 am in front of a coffee shop in Kampung Nail, here.

He said police received the information from the public about a man who was sleeping in a Naza Citra vehicle with his left hand holding a sharp object.

He said when police approached the car, the suspect was taken aback and jumped out of the car window, attempted to escape.

“The police chased after the suspect and when the caught up with him there was a short struggle in which the suspect tried to grab a pistol from the policemen but failed,” he told a press here today.

Khaled said an inspection of the suspect’s waist pouch found a variety of drugs placed in plastic vials, straw tubes and in packets.

“Police also discovered compacted dried leaves suspected to be cannabis weighing one kilogram in the suspect’s car,” he said.

He added the car was also using a fake registration number and it was reported missing in Pulai Condong, Kelantan.

The suspect also tested positive for drugs. – BERNAMA

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RACHEL McAdams shadowed police for her role in ‘True Detective’. The 36-year-old actress took part in a “ride-along”, as research for her role of Ani in the TV series, and has revealed she learnt that “everybody is lying”.

Rachel said: “I did a ride-along with police and I learned that everybody is lying to everybody else. I get it now when police officers are cynical, because criminals are always trying to pull one over on them.”

Rachel insisted she loved working on ‘True Detective’, because of her character, as well as her co-star Colin Farrell, who she said is a “delight”.

Speaking to Stylist magazine, she said: “I felt connected to Ani on a gut level. I understood her as soon as I read her. Working with Colin was a delight. He would come to my trailer for a chat and a cup of tea every day. We got really into chocolate coconut chips.”

Another famous actor who Rachel is excited about working with is 34-year-old Jake Gyllenhaal, in her upcoming film ‘Southpaw’, in which she stars as Maureen, the wife of a boxer who’s rebuilding his life.

She said: “Jake and I have been trying to work together for years and this came up and he was so passionate about it and Maureen is a totally different character to anything I’ve done before.

“I’m actually a bit older than Jake. It still happens a lot. I think it’s fulfilling some sort of male fantasy, but we’re slowly getting past that.” – Bang Media

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KUALA LUMPUR – There is no fighting or riots at the Low Yat Plaza in the city tonight and the situation is under control, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Abu Bakar.

“Do not believe rumours. Police are in control (of the situation),” he said in his Twitter handle.

He said police will take action against the two groups of people involved in a fight at the shopping complex yesterday.

He also denied allegations on social media that the fighting arose out of racial issues and that it only involved two parties.

“Police have arrested some of those involved in the fighting last night and are tracking down the others. Let the police take action,” he said.

Checks by Bernama found hundreds of people had gathered in front of the plaza at about 8 pm today, believed to be friends of the individual who was detained by police after the fighting there last night.

Yesterday, police had detained a man, aged 22, who was believed to have been involved in a fight at the Low Yat Plaza, allegedly because he was dissatisfied for being accused of stealing a handphone.

The 7.38 pm incident started after the suspect’s unhappiness on being detained by Plaza Low Yat’s security guards when he was accused of stealing a handphone.

The owner of the shop, See Ming Ho, 28, had claimed the suspect pretended to want to buy a Lenovo S860 telephone before running off with it.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Tajudin Md Isa when met by reporters said police detained three more individuals tonight at the plaza.

Those detained were from 22 to 25 years old.

He said they were detained after they tried to engage in provocative acts during a gathering outside the plaza.

“I assure that the police will carry out investigations which are transparent and fair to both parties.

“The public is advised not to listen, believe or spread rumours on social media. Rely on the police for information,” he said.

- BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – The police have recorded a statement from Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz following several police reports lodged against the Tourism and Culture Minister, who was said to have made a statement that insulted the monarchy.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Mohamed Nazri had made the statement last week.

“We will forward the investigation papers to the Attorney-General at any time,” he told a media conference after launching the high-definition digital version of the film “Bukit Kepong”, here today.

Several police reports were lodged by members of the public against Mohamed Nazri following his statement on the comments by the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, which was said to have insulted the royal institution.

Earlier, Tunku Ismail had uploaded a comment on the status in the Facebook website ‘Johor Southern Tigers’ regarding the dialogue ‘Nothing2Hide’ at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), which was not attended by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for safety reasons. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – Police have cordoned off an area in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, here, after about six men, believed to be armed, escaped into the Lembah Kiara Recreation Park.

Brickfields district police chief, SAC Azlee Abdullah said all the suspects were believed to be foreigners.

“The six men suddenly saw policmen who were on patrol before running off into the forest area behind the recreation park. Our hunt for them is still on,” he said. – BERNAMA

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GEORGETOWN – Police seized 470.1kg of ganja worth more than RM1.6 million, believed to have been smuggled from a neighbouring country, in a raid at Teluk Bahang, near here on May 23.

Penang deputy police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan said a 22-year-old man was detained while loading the 477 ganja slabs in a lorry.

“Two other men managed to escape,” he told a press conference here today.

He said initial investigation found that the syndicate, which had been operating since last month, made Penang as drug transit point before being distributed to buyers.

In the raid, he said police also seized the Daihatsu lorry and a Yamaha motorcycle.

Thaiveegan said the suspect would be remanded until Friday. – BERNAMA

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GEORGETOWN – Penang Police believe they have smashed a ‘scratch & win’ syndicate that has cheated unwary people of a total of RM1.5 million.

North East District Police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said today the police had arrested 17 people, four of them women, suspected to be members of the syndicate.

Three men were arrested in March and the 14 other people were picked up in a raid on May 18 on a company registered to sell electrical goods that they had used as a front in Jalan Slim here, he told a news conference.

He said the police also recovered payment invoices, scratch & win contest coupons and files containing photographs of various prizes offered by the company.

The police also seized various electrical goods, including home theatre sets, rice cookers, various mobile telephones, computer accessories, water filters and what was claimed to be a jade mattress, he said.

Mior Faridalathrash said more than 30 scratch & win cases of cheating had been reported in the district so far this year.

The victims were usually retirees, who were lured with so-called attractive gifts such as luxury cars, houses and pilgrimage and holiday packages, he said.

The syndicate members usually operated at shopping malls and outside banks and were prepared to tail their would-be ‘clients’ even to the ATM machines for cash withdrawals to be made, he said.

Mior Faridalathrash said the victims were lured into parting with sums of money ranging from RM2,000 to tens of thousands of ringgit, and they would come to realise they had been cheated when they did not get the promised gifts or were given cheaper goods instead.

“Police believe this is the biggest number of arrests so far this year,” he said, adding that the people should be wary of offers of expensive items at low prices. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR – More people are taking emergency or medical leave this week, although the cause is unlikely to be connected with any illness.

In fact, the police are saying that employees who made “disappearing” acts by calling in sick or pleading domestic distress were trying to avoid being arrested at work during Ops Warta crackdown, an operation which began yesterday.

On a nationwide basis, 251 people have been arrested, while another 239 have presented themselves at the various police stations.

“During our operations today (May 19), the offenders knew we were coming. Most of them were on emergency or medical leave when we visited their work places,” said Bukit Aman traffic chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff.

“Let me tell you one thing, you can hide from us but you can’t run forever.”

He added that police expected a list of excuses from the offenders.

“We have been broadcasting this for two weeks, but some have taken this time to disappear. I advise them to come forward as we will continue to find them one by one,” said SAC Mohd Fuad.

Malaysians prefer to ignore or evade traffic summonses, as only 38,000 or a mere 3% of the 1.59 million summonses were settled, he added.

Johor leads in terms of arrests, with 50, followed by Sarawak (39), Selangor (37), Penang (36), Malacca (24) and Sabah (3).

“Although Ops Warta started today (Tuesday), we still encourage the offenders to come forward and settle their summonses,” he said.

According to Selangor traffic police chief Deputy Supt Azmi Mansor, even employers are in cahoots with the guilty.

“We had one case in Shah Alam, where we visited the office of a man who had 60 summonses totalling RM18,000. We knew he was in the office, but his boss told us he was on MC,” said DSP Azmi, who added that 161 officers were mobilised at 15 roadblocks for the first day of Ops Warta in Selangor.

Speaking to reporters at a roadblock along the Guthrie Corridor Expressway, DSP Azmi said seven motorists were arrested on the spot after they were found to have outstanding summonses.

Shah Alam traffic chief DSP Goh Lee Shen estimated that 4,256 people in his district could be arrested under Ops Warta, which is expected to continue until May 31.

In Johor, a driver in his 30s with 36 summonses was finally arrested. But there are 150,000 traffic offen­ders still roaming free nationwide. – The Star

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have confirmed the video footage of a lava-like phenomenon which purportedly occurred at a Chinese cemetary in Batu Pahat, Johor on Friday and went viral on social media, did not happen here.

Assistant Chief of Inspector-General of Police Secretariat (Corporate Communications) ACP Datin Asmawati Ahmad said investigations done at several Chinese cemeteries in Batu Pahat also failed to confirm such an event.

“This phenomenon actually occurred in the district of Pingtung, Taiwan, where the Wandan volcano spews lava and releases natural gas once or twice a year,” she said in a statement released yesterday.

Asmawati said fires which occurred in areas like the one showed in the video footage was the result of locals burning gas.

She said the police advised the public to avoid spreading such false news because it could lead to negative speculation. – Bernama