Compiled by JUNAID IBRAHIM and C. ARUNO
THERE are still some 115 Malaysians in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos who are trapped and being forced to work for illegal syndicates, reported China Press.
According to Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan, these human trafficking victims, aged between 17 and 41 – among them 15 women – are awaiting help to return home.
He said the police have received 110 reports about victims being scammed into working for illegal syndicates as at May 26.
He added that most of these victims were lured by promises of high wages and an easy job. By the time they realised they were duped, they were already trapped by the syndicates in a foreign country without a means of escape.
Comm Abd Jalil said the police were working with Interpol and security forces of other nations in South-East Asia to bring these victims home.
He also urged the public to be wary of job advertisements claiming to offer exceptionally high wages and benefits.
> A motorist amused other road users when he was seen singing karaoke in his vehicle while stuck in a traffic jam, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The middle-aged man appeared to be in good spirits as he held a microphone in one hand and belted out a happy tune in Malay.
A TikTok user with the handle ceo_of_supplier filmed the scene and uploaded a 13-second clip, and could be seen greeting the man with his window wound down.
“No matter the challenges you face, you still have to enjoy life,” he captioned the clip.
Many Internet users praised the man for being able to still have fun while being stuck in a jam.
Others, however, questioned if he was breaking the law with one hand on the steering wheel and another holding the mike.
> An ex-girlfriend caused a scene at a wedding in China’s Shaanxi province by appearing in a white wedding gown and gatecrashing the reception, China Press reported.
“As long as I am here, this wedding will not happen,” she was heard yelling.
The groom’s parents were said to have made contingency plans for unforeseen circumstances, but what they never expected was to see two brides standing on the stage.
The interloper, who is understood to be a former long-time girlfriend of the groom, was seen yelling at anyone who tried to get her to calm down and leave.
Apparently, both sides’ parents could not agree on a bride price and so the wedding fell through.
Many of the guests appeared to be excited by the drama on stage, with some taking out their phones to film the spectacle unfolding.
It was uncertain what happened next and how the awkward matter was handled.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.