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Police intensify patrols in mangrove areas to curb migrant smuggling

KUALA LUMPUR Police have increased patrols and surveillance in mangrove areas across the country to curb the smuggling of illegal immigrants.


Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order (KDNKA) director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the General Operations Force (GOF) had been mobilised to carry out operations at all identified locations, including the mangrove areas.


“Their (syndicates’) location is always being changed, because they do not want to be detected by the authorities, but the police are constantly monitoring this activity,” he said when contacted by Bernama.




He said this when asked whether the migrant smuggling syndicates were now making the mangrove  areas in Selangor a transit point for the illegals to enter and exit the country.


Last Friday, 84 illegal immigrants were nabbed at a mangrove swamp at Tambak Jawa, Selangor, while waiting for a boat to take them across the country’s border.


Prior to this police busted three of the country’s largest organised crime syndicates, suspected of being involved in the smuggling of migrants and gang robberies, with the arrest of 111 gang members including their leaders.



The three criminal groups are the Otong Gang which was active in Johor, the Halim Gang (Perak) and the Husen Maungdaw Gang (Penang).


Meanwhile, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had earlier said 1,215 illegal immigrants and 215 smuggling agents (tekong) had been detained from May 1 to July 2 under ‘Ops Benteng’.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Young agropreneurs urged to seize opportunities in industry

market which is seen to have great potential to grow, Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said.


He said the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) had been providing various assistance, including setting up an essential oil production facility at the Kuala Linggi MARDI Station to help entrepreneurs venture into the essential oil market.


He said demand for essential oils produced by this MARDI Station had been well received overseas  including the Australian market, adding that various programmes are being organised by MARD to help agropreneurs explore the industry.





“Malaysia has great potential in the herbal industry especially in essential oils. With technology,  financial and other forms of assistance from the government through MARDI, I believe more Malaysian entrepreneurs would seek opportunities in this field or even export their essential oils overseas.


“The herbs can be processed to produce a variety of products such as soaps, lotions and so forth. As such, we  hope more entrepreneurs would develop products based on MARDI research findings,” he told reporters here today.


Earlier, Kiandee toured the essential oil production facility at the Kuala Linggi MARDI Station accompanied by Deputy Minister 1 Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah.



Meanwhile, according to a MARDI media statement, this year alone 79 entrepreneurs attended courses and trainings at the Mardi Essential Oil Incubator at the Kuala Linggi Station and from 2016 the station has produced 169 young agropreneurs.


The Mardi Essential Oil Incubator was launched in June 2009 to provide incubators for the processing of herbs and production of essential oils and to provide training to soap and essential oil entrepreneurs.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Pasar Chowrasta first market in Penang to be available on GrabMart

Pasar Chowrasta here has been selected as the first market in Penang to be available on GrabMart.


Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said currently, there are four market vendors who are participating in the initiative, which is a collaboration between the state government and Grab Malaysia (Grab).


“It is aimed at enhancing digitalisation for business transactions among traders as well as expanding cashless transaction initiative among the people of Penang,” he told reporters after launching the Pasar Chowrasta on GrabMart programme here today.




Meanwhile, Grab Malaysia Northern & East Coast senior regional manager Teoh Tsin Yok said Pasar Batu Lanchang and Pasar Bayan Baru would also be available on GrabMart by August.


“In March, during the Movement Control Order (MCO) we have launched our very first pasar on GrabMart which is Pasar Besar TTDI, to help safeguard Malaysians livelihoods and small local businesses who were severely impacted.


“Since March, our market vendors have grown by three times, with one of them receiving more than 40 orders in just 15 minutes,” he said.



Consumers in the areas will be able to purchase fresh produce, poultry, seafood and meat from the Grab app, pay directly using their GrabPay e-wallet, and have them delivered right to their doorstep, Teoh added.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Boat sinks off Semporna: One rescued, another missing

SEMPORNA A man has been reported missing while his friend was found safe after their boat sank in heavy seas off Pulau Mabul, near here, yesterday.


The rescued victim, Salimin Paludin, 44, managed to contact his elder brother, who then informed the police about the incident that occurred at 7 am.


Salimin was rescued by the Semporna Marine Police Force (PPM) at 9.45 am and sent to Semporna Hospital for treatment.




His friend, Mahmur Ajae, 45, is still missing.


The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s (MMEA) Semporna Maritime Zone director Commander Norrimi Hassan said the search and rescue (SAR) operation was being conducted over five sectors covering an area of 101 square nautical miles.


“The SAR was activated at 1.30 pm yesterday, after receiving the call from PPM about the incident at 10.45 am,” he said, adding that the operation included assistance from PPM, the Fire and Rescue Department and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).



According to Norrimi, both the victims were former RMN personnel and were out fishing when the incident occurred.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Kelantan police nab three, seize drugs worth almost RM150,000

KOTA BHARU Kelantan police arrested three men for possession of 12,800 yaba pills and 203 grams of syabu worth almost RM150,000, in two separate raids here on Wednesday and Thursday.


Kota Bharu district police chief ACP Abdul Rahim Daud said that on Wednesday a 26-year-old man was arrested at a house in Kampung Pulau Panjang, Pengkalan Chepa here, following a tip-off.


“During the 10.46 pm raid, the Narcotics Division of the Kota Bharu district police headquarters (IPD) found 800 Yaba pills worth RM8,300 hidden inside the suspect’s Proton Preve car.




“The suspect tested positive for Nimetazipam and police also found his Malaysian-Thai border pass”, he told a press conference at the Kota Bharu IPD here today.


He said the suspect also had three previous records on drugs and was remanded for seven days until July 8 to assist the investigation.


Meanwhile, Abdul Rahim said, in the second raid, two men, aged 27 and 43, were arrested at a house in Kampung Machang Limbat here, believed to be involved in drug trafficking in the area.



He said in the 6.30 pm raid, police found 203 grams of syabu stored in a plastic cabinet located in the living room of the house.


“The investigation also found 60 blue plastic packages containing 12,000 yaba pills and all the drugs believed to be worth RM140,300. Also seized were RM10,000 in cash and the suspect’s Nissan Sylphy car.


“The two suspects, who are positive for methamphetamine and have previous drug-related records, have been remanded for seven days until July 9.


He said the cases were investigated under Section 39 B and Section 15 (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency