FORTY-FOUR people were shot dead by the police last year, most of whom were Malays and Indonesians, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), Dr Ahmad Zahid said 20 of those killed were Malays while 18 were Indonesians.
“The rest were four Indians and two Chinese,” he said, adding that at the same time, 68 cases of killings involving firearms were recorded in the country.
“Most of the firearms used for criminal activities are believed to be smuggled in from neighbouring countries,” he said.
He said high traffic and economic interaction at the country’s entrypoints along the borders had resulted in more “smuggling opportunities”.
The existence of back alleys along the borders, added Dr Ahmad Zahid, were also being utilised by locals to smuggle in firearms.
“Family ties as well as geographical factors such as the Malaysia-Thailand border with the near proximity of Sungai Golok and Rantau Panjang have created a network that leads to such smuggling activities,” he said.
To overcome the illegal use of firearms, Dr Ahmad Zahid said both the police and other agencies such as the Immigration Depart-ment, Malaysian Maritime En-forcement Agency, Customs Department and the Anti-Smuggling Unit had tightened their enforcement as well as shared information and held joint operations.
The police, he said, had carried out Ops Laras and Ops Api to counter the smuggling and usage of firearms in the country’s criminal cases.
MALACCA: A 12-year-old has alleged that her school disciplinary teacher labelled her a prostitute.
The pupil from Batu Berendam lodged a report at about 1.40pm yesterday at the Tengkera police station, stating that the female teacher had wrongly assumed she was part of a rowdy group of male classmates that had created problems for another teacher.
The boys were apparently making noise in class, in total disregard for the teacher, who then referred the incident to the disciplinary teacher.
The girl claimed that the disciplinary teacher refused to listen to her explanation that she was not involved.
Instead, the teacher was said to have hurled abusive remarks and called her a prostitute for being part of the group of troublemakers.
It is learnt that when her mother arrived at the school upon the teacher’s request, she was asked to transfer her daughter to another school.
The chairman of the state committee for education, Datuk Yunos Husin, said the state government viewed the allegation seriously.
“It is deemed an inappropriate comment but we need to probe further to see what really transpired that day,” said Yunos, who added that the state education department would be asked to look into the matter before any further statement could be issued.
SINGER Alyah (pic) has denied barring the media from covering her, reported Sinar Harian.
She said she was put in the spotlight when asked about the recent controversy that her management was said to have threatened to exclude a local newspaper that wrote an article titled “Alyah Tunggu Pinangan Ramli MS”.
“I am dumbfounded because I never uttered any words that I would ban any media because my career is my rice bowl and I need the support of the media,” the 32-year-old artiste said when met at a recording session of TV9 programme Stailista Unplugged.
She said she had never locked horns with the media even though her personal life had often been sensationalised at times.
“Although there might be some reporters who do not write pleasant things about me, I take it that it is their job,” she said.