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Goodbye gambling dens, hello tablets!

GEORGE TOWN: Now that illegal gambling dens cannot ‘pretend to be family entertainment outlets’ anymore, operators are changing strategies but the police are still on to them. “Some of the operators are now visiting food courts and gambling sheds at forest fringes. They hand out tablets with WiFi connections to gamblers, who load credit into their accounts and get special passwords to start betting. “Some of the gamblers just log in with their own smart phones,” said Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye. He said in aRead More


Bali Police brings in national judo champ to train officers as preparation for fighting terrorists

A national Indonesian judo champ has been brought in to train Bali Police officers in preparation for fighting terrorists. Police across the country have increased vigilance after an attack in Medan, Sumatra, resulted in the death of a police officer last month. Suicide bombers killed three police officers at a bus station in May, the deadliest attack in the country since January 2016, when an ISIS-claimed suicide blast and assault killed four attackers and left four civilians dead. Bali has seen relative peace in recent years, but has its ownRead More


Residents surprised by ‘drug house’ in HDB flat as 3 arrested

Three men who allegedly broke into an empty flat in Toa Payoh and used it as a “drug house” have been arrested. The men had been seen entering the unit several times in the past few months, evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday. They were arrested on Friday after a police operation at Block 2, Lorong 7, Toa Payoh at 4.47pm, police told The Sunday Times. A police spokesman said: “Three men aged between 17 and 33 were arrested for suspected drug-related offences, criminal trespass and theft.” Photos of theRead More


Man jailed four weeks for forcefully pushing police officer conducting investigations at pub

SINGAPORE – A drunk man pushed a police officer forcefully when he tried to leave the pub even as police were looking into a case of assault on a performing artiste. Manimaran Manikkam, 46, a coordinator, was jailed for four weeks on Tuesday (June 20) after he admitted to using criminal force on female police sergeant Saadiah Hamzah, 42, at Sitara Pub & Music Lounge at Serangoon Road on March 28 last year. A second charge of punching one Saxena Atul with two unknown people at the pub was takenRead More


India convicts police, doctors in gangrape case during Gujarat riots when Modi was chief

MUMBAI (AFP) – An Indian court on Thursday (May 4) convicted five police officers and two doctors of tampering with evidence in the gang rape of a pregnant woman and the murder of her family during one of the worst incidents of religious unrest since independence. Ms Bilkis Bano was gang raped and seven of her relatives were killed during religious riots that broke out in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. At least 2,000 Muslims were hacked, beaten, shot or burnt to death in the violence, which eruptedRead More


Nearly 9,000 malware-laden servers, compromised websites found in Singapore-based Interpol operation

SINGAPORE: A cybersecurity operation has uncovered hundreds of malware-infected websites – including government portals – across Southeast Asia. In a statement on Monday (Apr 24), the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) said that the Interpol-led operation identified “nearly 9,000 command-and-control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals”. Command-and-control servers can be used to control malware – malicious software, which can include computer viruses, spyware, and other malicious programmes. “Analysis identified nearly 270 websites infected with a malware code which exploited a vulnerability in the website design application,”Read More


Indonesian police ban Islamist rally ahead of Jakarta election

JAKARTA: Police in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have banned a rally organised by Islamist groups ahead of next week’s hotly-contested election to lead the city, officials said on Tuesday (Feb 7). The rally on Feb 11, just four days before voting day, would have been the latest in a series of mass demonstrations by Muslims against the incumbent governor, a Christian, who they claim insulted the Koran. The protests, led by hardline groups and attended by hundreds of thousands of people, have raised fears of creeping religious intolerance and politicalRead More


Hong Kong arrests 29 in corruption probe linked to four banks

Hong Kong arrested 29 current and former staff of five financial institutions, including four banks, for alleged bribery connected with obtaining confidential customer information to market personal loans, the city’s anti-graft agency said. Operation “Mirabilis” began last Tuesday and led to the arrests of three managers and 18 serving and former direct sales representatives of a bank, the Independent Commission Against Corruption said in a statement on Monday. A manager and five current and former employees of three other banks, and two employees of a finance company were also detained,Read More


Thai Police monitor Internet operators urge customers to report royal insults

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Thailand’s main mobile telecoms operators instructed customers on Sunday (Oct 16) to report “inappropriate content about the royal institution”, as the government steps up scrutiny for material deemed insulting to the monarchy. King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday after seven decades on the throne. His son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is due to become the next king after a period of mourning. Thailand has a tough law against lese majeste, or insulting the monarchy. Convictions have become more frequent, and punishments more severe, under a military governmentRead More


Malaysian police arrest 4 for homemade bombs in KL condo

SHAH ALAM – Malaysian police have arrested four people in connection with the discovery of homemade bombs in a condominium unit in Kuala Lumpur last month. The four were arrested in a police raid on an apartment in Ampang on Saturday, the Bernama news agency reported on Monday (May 9). Police said they also recovered a BMW car bearing fake registration numbers, some tools used for burglary and global positioning system (GPS) trackers during the raid. The arrests are believed to be linked to the April 17 incident when policeRead More