Malaysia nabs Taiwanese
Malaysian law enforcement officials arrested 50 Taiwanese and Chinese, and one Malaysian, on Monday for their alleged role in an international telephone scam targeting Chinese nationals. “The bust was a result of long-term cooperation between Taiwan, China and Malaysia,” Khamar Rudin, an official from the Commercial Crime Investigation Department under the Royal Malaysian Police, said on Tuesday. The suspects had allegedly set up two server sites in Selangor and in Kuala Lumpur, Rudin said, adding that the fraud is estimated to have netted US$34.4 million. Computers and telecommunications equipment, as well as handbooks on how to conduct telecoms-based fraud, were seized during a raid at a luxury housing complex. All the Taiwanese suspects will be deported to Taipei without standing trial in Malaysia, because the scam’s victims were in China rather than Malaysia, Rudin said. Information about the fraudsters came from Chinese police authorities, Rudin added.
Drug use in military drops
More than 200 servicemen were found to have been involved in drugs this year, the Ministry of National Defense said on Tuesday. Among the 246 servicemen found to have used or sold drugs, three were commissioned officers — a colonel and a captain in the air force and a second lieutenant in the army, it said. However, the total number was lower than last year, when 306 cases were recorded, the ministry said. A colonel at the ministry’s Medical Affairs Bureau said the percentage of conscripted soldiers found to be involved in drugs this year was 0.02 percent, while among voluntary servicemen it was 0.04 percent. A ministry drug control team tested more than 540,000 servicemen in the past year.