Tuesday, May 25, 2021

14-day quarantine for all travellers arriving in Malaysia


14-day quarantine for all travellers arriving in Malaysia

All travellers to Malaysia are required to take a Covid-19 test three days before boarding and undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival with immediate effect, said Putrajaya.

In a statement today, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the National Security Council (NSC) decided to take these measures due to the presence of the Covid-19 variant of concern worldwide...


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Why detain Nigerian for so long, lawyer asks immigration

Why detain Nigerian for so long, lawyer asks immigration

A lawyer has questioned the continued detention of a Nigerian who remains jailed despite having paid his fine for a drink-driving offense.

Nigerian Simon Adavize Momoh, who has been married to a Malaysian for the past eight years and has a valid visa, was arrested at a roadblock in Cheras in the early hours of March 15 on suspicion of drink-driving.

He pleaded guilty in court the same day, paid the RM12,

000 fine, and his wife, Low Kar Hui, was told Momoh would be released at 5pm.

But 19 days later, Momoh — who suffers from hypertension — is still behind bars at the Kajang prison pending the Immigration Department’s verification of his documents.

His lawyer, V Vemal Arasan, filed a habeas corpus application at the Shah Alam High Court on Thursday.

“Let’s talk about some facts,” said immigration lawyer CR Selva. “Is it an offence to drink? No. Is it an offence to drink and drive? Yes.

“For that offence, he has paid the fine and served his sentence. But he is still in prison. Would that happen to a Malaysian? That is the question.”

Selva also said Momoh’s detention is ultra vires Articles 5 and 8 of the Federal Constitution.

Article 5 states that no person may be deprived of life or personal liberty except in accordance with the law while Article 8 states that all persons are equal before the law and entitled to equal protection.

Momoh, who has a long-term spouse visa which is valid until Oct 14, 2022, moved to Malaysia in 2009 to further his studies.

Married to Low for the past eight years, the couple has two daughters, Divine, eight, and Elisha, five. Momoh is a stay-at-home dad as his visa does not allow him to work in the country.

Another lawyer said that if Momoh had already paid his fine for drink-driving, authorities “have no right” to hold Momoh in continued detention for the same offence.

“However, in this case, the authorities seem to be holding Momoh in detention for some other reason, namely whether he has valid documents and is in Malaysia legally,” said Rajesh Nagarajan.

“The incarceration is, unfortunately, probably legal. However, it is deplorable that the authorities have incarcerated Momoh for such a long period of time.

“The validity of Momoh’s travel documents may be ascertained within hours, and such a long detention is wholly unnecessary.”

Section 35 of the Immigration Act allows a foreigner to be detained for 30 days pending a decision on whether an order for his removal is made.

Section 51 (B) of the Act allows for a magistrate to allow an indefinite remand order provided the foreigner in question is produced before the magistrate within 14 days of his or her arrest.

However, neither Low nor Vemal have been informed whether Momoh is being detained under these sections.

In a statement to FMT, Foreign Spouses Support Group (FSSG) co-founder Bina Ramanand and Family Frontiers programme manager Melinda Anne Sharlini said Momoh’s family deserves to know why he is still in prison.

“Shouldn’t Momoh be told his charges for continued detention and when he will be released by rule of law?” they asked.

“At least allow him to communicate with his wife. Immigration or the relevant authorities should inform her why her husband is still detained.

“Low is increasingly worried as to how her husband is coping with his long-term hypertension and the heightened risk of Covid-19 clusters in prison.

“We should be cognizant of the pandemic and accord spouses with due respect and human rights, as they are after all a part of the Malaysian family.”

Cred- freemalaysiatoday.com

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Cops detain 31, compound 17 others at KL entertainment outlet

Cops detain 31, compound 17 others at KL entertainment outlet

KUALA LUMPUR: Compounds were issued to 17 locals while 31 foreigners were detained during a raid on an entertainment outlet at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee on Friday (Jan 1).

Acting on a tip-off, police from the Dang Wangi police headquarters raided the outlet at about 2am.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said compounds were issued to 17 locals for breaching the conditional MCO.

"We also detained 31 foreigners for offences under the Immigration Act," he said in a statement on Saturday (Jan 2).

ACP Mohamad Zainal reminded the public to abide by the conditional MCO.

He also urged anyone with information on any violation of the conditional MCO to contact the Dang Wangi police headquarters at 03-2600 2222 or the Kuala Lumpur police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or the nearest police station.

Cred -thestar 

Recovery MCO extended to March 31, says Ismail Sabri


Recovery MCO extended to March 31, says Ismail Sabri

PETALING JAYA: The recovery MCO throughout the country has been extended from Friday (Jan 1) until March 31, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the Health Ministry conducted risk assessments and found that cases were still increasing significantly.

The government agreed to extend the recovery MCO nationwide except for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah as well as other localities placed under conditional or enhanced MCO, ” he said.

He also said that the Kejora Juara workers’ hostel in Bukit Pasir, Muar, Johor has been placed under enhanced MCO from Jan 2 to Jan 15.

"The Westlite 1 and 2 workers' hostels in Senai, Johor will also be placed under enhanced MCO during the same time period.

"However, the enhanced MCO at Apartment Ria on Jalan Genting, Bentong, Pahang ends today," he said.

He also said 347 individuals were detained for violating the MCO with 337 of them issued compounds and 10 placed under remand.

The country has been under the MCO since March 18 last year due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Innocent pleads guilty to cheating manager of RM339,610


Innocent pleads guilty to cheating manager of RM339,610


Nigerian man by the name of “Innocent” has pleaded guilty to cheating the manager of a property company who lost up to RM339,610, Utusan Malaysia reported.

Innocent Uchechukwu Christian (pic), 27, confessed to cheating the 52-year-old woman into investing in a marine product supply project and transferring money into 11 different accounts.

However, Innocent’s fiancĂ©e M. Suvitha, 38, who is seven months pregnant, pleaded not guilty to the same charge.

The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court did not grant bail to Innocent who does not have a passport while Suvitha was given bail of RM5,000.

They were charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail, whipping and a fine.

> Kosmo! reported that celebrity couple Ayda Jebat and Nabil Mahir, who are set to marry tomorrow, are dreaming of having 13 children.

Nabil, 32, said he chose the number because it was his favourite.

“I am the younger of two siblings while Ayda has 10 siblings. If we are blessed with 13 children, it is like a dream becoming a reality.

“People say it is a blessing. But to be honest, even if we have that number of children, what is important is that they are healthy.

“(It) doesn’t matter if it is one, two or 13 children, ” he said during the launch of Ayda’s latest single Parah Parah.

Ayda said she was ready for a child.

“If there is rezeki (blessing), I am ready to be a mother. I am getting older, not any younger. We really love kids, ” she said.

Ayda, 28, said the wedding ceremony, to be held at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, would be small.

The couple got engaged in April via Google Meet as the country

was under the first phase of the movement control order at the time.


Monday, December 7, 2020

Traditional healer arrested for allegedly molesting saleswoman

Traditional healer arrested for allegedly molesting saleswoman

KUALA BERANG: A traditional healer was arrested by the police yesterday afternoon at his house here after he was suspected of molesting a saleswoman while providing treatment.

Hulu Terengganu Police Chief, Deputy Superintendent Mohd Adli Mat Daud said the 52-year-old suspect who initially claimed to be working at a traditional treatment centre was said to have committed the vile act on Nov 22 and 24, when the victim sought treatment at the his house.

“The suspect’s actions came to light when the 30-year-old victim went to the treatment centre and inquired about the suspect, before being informed that the suspect had actually been suspended. The victim then lodged a police report at the Kuala Berang Police Headquarters,“ he said in a statement today.

The suspect has been remanded for four days beginning today, and the case is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code. 


Cannabis still considered a dangerous drug in Malay

Cannabis still considered a dangerous drug in Malaysia 

PUTRAJAYA: The status of cannabis as a dangerous drug in Malaysia remains unchanged despite the United Nations’ recent decision to reclassify the substance, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pic).

The Home Minister said cannabis and cannabis-related substances would still be classified as a controlled item under the Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries the death penalty.

The recent decision by the Convention on Narcotic Drugs does not affect the status of cannabis in the country.

“Cannabis and cannabis-related substances remain regulated under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

“Anyone found guilty of breaking the law will be punished accordingly, ” he said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the UN had voted to remove cannabis from a list that categorised it as one of the world’s most dangerous drugs.

The move came following the recommendation by the World Health Organisation that research into its medical use was made easier.

Hamzah said the reclassification did not mean control on cannabis was loosened at international level.

“Internationally, cannabis is still tightly controlled under Schedule 1 of the 1961 Convention.

“As a member of three UN conventions on drugs – the 1961 Convention, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and the Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance 1988 – Malaysia remains committed to eradicating drug-related crimes domestically and internationally, ” he said.


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