Archive for August 26th, 2007

Johor Police Bust Drug and Car Theft Ring

August 26, 07

But it’s not all bad news in Johor this weekend. If you don’t know, it’s standard procedure to pin the blame on drug addicts for most non-group, non-methodically-organized robberies and other crimes.

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From The Star 25 Aug 2007:

Drug ring and car theft gang busted

JOHOR BARU: Police have smashed a drug syndicate and car theft gang in the last few days. 

Acting on a tip-off, narcotics police raided a house in Taman Sentosa on Monday and arrested two men, both 23. They found 2,950 Ecstasy pills worth RM120,000 in a bag. 

Acting state police chief Senior Asst Comm I Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said police believed the men were traffickers. 

“We are ascertaining whether the drugs are for the local or overseas market,” he said. 

The next day, police intercepted a parcel with 2.1kg of ganja at Taman Perindustrian Tampoi Jaya. 

“It was supposed to be couriered to a location in Sarawak,” SAC Mohd Mokhtar told a press conference. 

In another raid, CID police smashed a car theft gang and arrested two men, aged 31 and 33, and a 26-year-old Indonesian woman at a house in Taman Daya on Wednesday. 

A Mitsubishi Lancer and BMW car, believed to be stolen, were recovered along with MyKad, credit cards, nine Allen keys, key-making equipment and several mobile phones. 

SAC Mohd Mokhtar thanked the public for their co-operation and urged anyone with information to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999. 

Police recorded 1,721 drug-related cases from February to July with the arrest of 1,006 people, he said.

Robbed at Petrol Station in Early a.m. AGAIN

August 26, 07

People never learn… Stopping at ANYWHERE, especially petrol stations, in the dead of night is asking for trouble. See 14 Arrested – Johor Gang Rapes Solved?Johor Criminals Chase and Ram Car, Rape Girl (and Another Gang Rape On Next Day) (second case) and JB: Woman Opens Car Door For Robber and Gets Carjacked, Gang-Raped.

And though the police should note this pattern, hey can’t be staking out every petrol station in Johor.

So Johor citizens beware… Top up on petrol in daylight, and hold your bladder until you reach Singapore where it’s SAFE.

For Singaporeans, well, tough luck. It’s Johor and they are insanely envious of your wealth. Stay in Singapore where people don’t get their faces cut off for being born.

The Johor criminals seem to be reappearing, which brings me to the pondering: Did they ever really stop their attacks, or was the media just quietly asked not to report Johor crimes for a certain length of time?

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From The Star 25 Aug 2007:

Cops hunt for duo who robbed Singaporean

JOHOR BARU: Police have formed a task force to hunt down two men who slashed and robbed a Singaporean man. 

On Wednesday, a man armed with a parang injured the Singaporean at a petrol station and hijacked his car. 

The victim and his wife had stopped for petrol near the train station in the city central area at 4.20am. 

The wife went to buy some snacks while the husband went to pay for the petrol. 

He returned to the car and was about to start the engine when the robber approached him, slashed him in the face and drove off in the car. 

Acting state police chief Senior Asst Comm (I) Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said Supt Gan Tian Kee would lead the team to hunt down the suspects. 

“We believe there are two suspects involved,” he told a press conference yesterday. 

Johor’s Terrible Road Conditions Kill Man

August 26, 07

Apart from violent crime, high prices and less-tasty-than-Ipoh/Penang/KL food, there is another thing that Johor is infamous for: Literally everyone who comes to Johor Bahru notices immediately the very poor state of the roads. They’re super bumpy, even the main roads!

Why is this so when road renovations seem to be carried out all the time? Are the materials used to repave the roads of inferior quality to that used elsewhere in the country? Are the people in charge extremely inept to use such poor materials year after year?

Or is it simply because of rampant corruption? Each time the road is fixed, a large lump of the money goes to some VIP or contractor’s pockets. There is then less money for the fixing of the roads, leading to the condition of the roads deteriorating much faster.

But that’s a GOOD thing for the corrupt! Because that means the road will need to be re-fixed sooner, meaning more money for their fat pockets!

Meanwhile, road users suffer discomfort, vehicles need more repairs… And someone dies from the effects of corruption.

They execute the heads responsible for non-lethal food and toys contamination in China. Should the same be carried out for the selfish, greedy neglect that led to an actual death in Johor?

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From The Star 24 Aug 2007:

Pothole that cost a life

Cheng Ming: Sustained head injuries upon landing

JOHOR: It cost a life to get a pothole patched up. 

Tan Cheng Ming, 20, was riding pillion on a motorcycle last Friday at 4am when the machine hit a pothole that was about as wide as a manhole and 5cm deep. 

The impact caused Cheng Ming to be thrown off the motorcycle, and he sustained head injuries upon landing. He was rushed to the Sultan Ismail Hospital but died there. 

His friend, Tam Tok Wei, 20, who was driving, escaped with minor injuries while the motorcycle was barely damaged except for some scratches and a bent front wheel. 

Cheng Ming’s father, Robin Tan, said the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) patched up the pothole in Jalan Daya, Taman Daya, about two days after the accident. 

“When there is a loss of life, only then will they act. We have to bring this up to the authorities, because we don’t want others to lose their loved ones, too. 

“The street lights along that road are also not so bright as they are shaded by trees, so the rider might not have seen the pothole at night,” Tan told The Star

The 53-year-old taxi driver said that with the exception of highways, many roads in Johor Baru are riddled with potholes. 

Tan said they had started planning for Cheng Ming’s 21st birthday celebration next month when the accident occurred. 

“Twenty years of love, and just like that, because of other people’s mistake, my son paid with his life,” he said.  

Danger to road users: A photo of the pothole in Jalan Daya, Taman Daya in Johor Baru which the motorcycle Tam and Cheng Ming were riding hit last Friday.


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