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SEPANG: Police have warned the public to be on the lookout for imposters who claim to be immigration officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), saying 18 individuals were arrested last year for the offence including taxi touts and illegal porters.

KLIA police chief Zulkifli Adamshah said the imposters were usually dressed in a blazer similar to the immigration officer, and would normally prey on Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis.

He said the imposters were usually Malaysians who were fluent in different languages.

“From reports we received, the imposters would stop these travellers and try to convince them they may have passport problems.

“In return they solicit for money, and if they fail to obtain money, they would threaten the travellers,” he said.

“Our latest arrest is a 57-year-old man. He’s going to be charged under Section 170 of the Penal Code,” he said.

Foreign travellers were advised to inform the police if they were asked for money by people who claim to be immigration officers.

Meanwhile, KLIA Road Transport Department chief S Sarawana reminded airport users to ignore taxi touts.

“We have arrested 33 taxi touts and will continue our operations since there is a rise in taxi touts,” he said.

FMT

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A homeless man who broke into a woman’s home and sucked on her toes as she slept faces years in jail .

Richard Michael Parkhurst, 29, claimed to be a god-like, mythical man sent from heaven to seduce women.

But he was today convicted of one count of burglary , one charge of peeking into an inhabited building and two counts of indecent exposure.

Jurors in Seal Beach, California, gave a not guilty verdict on a charge of assault with the intent to commit a sex offense after hearing twisted Parkhurst exposed himself at a woman walking her dog.

Later that day in October 2017, the burglar snuck into another woman’s house and sucked her toes.

Damning DNA evidence confirmed Parkhurst was the culprit.

“She was sleeping on her couch and woke up when she realized he was sucking on her toes,” prosecutors said.

Parkhurst, originally from Seal Beach, California, was homeless at the time, the court was informed.

He was seen peeking into other homes in the same area that day.

After his arrest, warped Parkhurst touched himself while staring at a woman at the police station.

The court was told he passed a note to the jail guard, in which he claimed he was a “Zeus-like god who was sent down from the stars to seduce women”.

His lawyer said: “Mr Parkhurst developed a delusion that he was a Zeus-like god who was sent down from the stars to seduce women,’ his lawyer wrote.

“It was his destiny to seduce women, and they would willingly have his children.

“Mr Parkhurst believes that is progeny will create a super race that will save the planet.”

Court documents show the defendant was grieving his girlfriend and lost his home during the struggle in October 2017.

Jurors heard how Parkhurst “began hearing voices emanating from his television, telling him to do things” and even spent time in hospital.

He will be sentenced on April 5.

Mirror.co.uk


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Bangkok: The cyber law passed to protect government websites and databases from hackers.

According to the new law, the state officials have the right to raid, seize and copy online information

Under the suspicion of cyber crimes, the seize electronic devices can behold legally up to 30 Days.

However, the law is passed despite protests from legal experts and activist. The state authorities may raid or seize the electronics devices without a court warrant and people can’t appeal against their actions.

The Thailand legal rights advocacy group ILaw said the law is “an online martial law” as it had such tight state control.

The dean of Rangsit University Anusorm Tamajai stated that “There’s no clear definition of what constitutes a threat to cybersecurity, and the authorities cannot be checked or held accountable.

Anti-government hacktivism has occasionally happened in Thailand, the most recent case was in 2016.

Thailand already has a though computer law, if found guilty of sharing fake news online people can be jailed up to five years.

The Sun

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WASHINGTON – The fast-growing, Chinese-owned video sharing network TikTok agreed to pay a US$5.7 million (S$7.6 million) fine to US authorities to settle charges that it illegally collected personal information from children, officials said on Wednesday (Feb 27).

The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty by the social network, which had been known as Musical.ly, was the largest ever in a children’s privacy investigation.

The social network, which has been surging in popularity with young smartphone users and taking over from rivals like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, failed to obtain parental consent from its underage users as required by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, FTC officials said.

“The operators of Musical.ly – now known as TikTok – knew many children were using the app, but they still failed to seek parental consent before collecting names, email addresses, and other personal information from users under the age of 13,” said FTC chairman Joe Simons.

“This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law.”

TikTok claimed some 500 million users worldwide last year, making it one of the most popular worldwide apps.

Owned by China’s ByteDance, it expanded its reach in the US with the merger with Musical.ly.

Teens have been flocking to the service, which allows them to create and share videos of 15 seconds.

According to the FTC, the company required users to provide an email address, phone number, username, first and last name, a short biography, and a profile picture.

The consumer protection regulator said 65 million accounts have been registered in the United States.

Officials said the company knew that many of its users were under 13 and should have taken greater precautions.

“In our view, these practices reflected the company’s willingness to pursue growth even at the expense of endangering children,” said a statement from FTC commissioners Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter.

“The agency secured a record-setting civil penalty and deletion of ill-gotten data, as well as other remedies to stop this egregious conduct.”

TikTok has faced criticism around the world for featuring sexually suggestive content inappropriate for children.

TikTok said in a statement it would create a “separate app experience” for younger users with additional privacy protections as part of its agreement with regulators.

“It’s our priority to create a safe and welcoming experience for all of our users, and as we developed the global TikTok platform, we’ve been committed to creating measures to further protect our user community – including tools for parents to protect their teens and for users to enable additional privacy settings,” the statement said.

This article was published in asiaone.com

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By Maya

A woman who killed her husband in a hammer attack has won an appeal against her murder conviction after arguing she acted as the result of decades of abuse. Georgina Challen, 65, known as Sally, said she killed her husband Richard, 61, at their home in Surrey in August 2010 after 40 years of being controlled and humiliated by him. She was jailed for life in 2011 after being found guilty of his murder, but today had her conviction overturned in a landmark case on the basis of ‘coercive control’.

Challen’s case, which is supported by Justice for Women, was brought forward after lawyers argued that ‘fresh evidence’ on the issue of coercive control would help a jury today reach a different verdict. Lady Justice Hallett said the court was satisfied that the fresh evidence undermined the safety of her previous conviction. At her 2011 trial at Guildford Crown Court, Challen, of Claygate, Surrey, admitted killing her former car dealer husband but denied murder, claiming diminished responsibility. The prosecution case was that it was the action of a jealous woman who suspected infidelity. She was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years, later reduced on appeal by four years. The defence of coercive control as a form of domestic abuse only passed into law in 2015, so was not available to Challen at the time of her trial


Her barrister, Clare Wade QC, told the court today that, because it was not understood at the time, the issue of coercive control was ‘not sufficiently marshalled and not sufficiently analysed’ for the argument that was being run in Challen’s defence. She said: ‘Our understanding of coercive control has developed since the appellant trial.


It wasn’t known about at the time of the trial and it wasn’t fully appreciated and, because of that, the facts weren’t presented in a way that was consistent with coercive control.’ She said the theory of coercive control explains how behaviours are used to abuse people in relationships and ‘shifts the emphasis away from physical harm’. There were incidents Challen had mentioned in her police interview, including the fact she received no help from her husband as a new mother, which were not put forward in evidence because they were not thought to be relevant at the time, Ms Wade said.

The barrister also said forensic psychiatrist Dr Gwen Adshead, who saw Challen in prison in 2015 after she suffered a manic episode, had concluded she was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing. Dr Adshead believed these were ‘suppressed’ by the coercive control operating within the marriage. Scores of demonstrators attended the hearing, which ran over two days, following a high-profile campaign by Challen’s sons David, 31, and James, 35. Speaking before the hearing, David Challen said: ‘This affects not just our mother but thousands of victims who don’t have a voice, both men and women. ‘Me and my brother have spoken out, not just for our parents but for other victim too.

-metro.co.uk

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KUANTAN: Police have arrested a local businessman in connection with the missing diamond and ruby ring worth RM2.89mil from a jewellery outlet in Genting Highlands on Sunday.

The 46-year-old businessman, from Kuching, Sarawak, was arrested in Bentong at 4.30pm on Wednes­day.

Pahang Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the suspect, who deals with imported goods from China, also operates a budget hotel in the federal capital as well as provides luxury car rental service through the WeChat application.

“The man is believed to know the two key suspects in the case as they had used his luxury car rental service a few times to Genting Highlands, including on the day of the incident, as well as to send them to Kuala Lumpur International Airport a few hours later.

“The local businessman had also followed the (key) suspects to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, on Sunday, but decided to return to Malaysia on Tuesday after finding them (suspects) not in the hotel,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Following the arrest of the businessman, Supt Mohd Wazir said police were taken to a hotel in Kuala Lumpur where the key suspects were alleged to have stayed, but the footage of a closed circuit television camera at the hotel did not have their image and there was no record of them being registered as guests.

He said police would request for an order to remand the businessman for further investigations.

Based on media reports, a Chinese national in his 50s went to the jewellery shop at 12.50pm last Sunday and asked to have a look at the ring.

The man examined the ring for about 20 minutes but then said he was not interested in it and left.

However, an employee noticed that the ring differed slightly from the one that was shown to the “prospective customer” and asked a colleague to test it. The ring was found to be a fake. — Bernama

-The Star

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Only 14, James (not his real name) once ordered his parents out of the master bedroom so that he could sleep there.

He also physically assaulted his father multiple times.

James would also smash objects at home, and these episodes happened so frequently, police officers at the police station near their home have become familiar with the family, said his counsellor.

His father eventually had to take out a personal protection order (PPO) against the boy.

Counsellor Clinton Galistan said: “The parents had become hostage to the situation, and the boy controlled the family.”

Such cases, where children are abusive towards parents or grandparents, are not as uncommon as some may think, experts told The New Paper.

Statistics from the Family Justice Courts showed that of the average 2,841 fresh PPO applications filed between 2014 and 2017, 8 per cent were by parents against children. This is double the 4 per cent filed by children against parents.

Earlier this week, The Straits Times reported how in 2016, a 16-year-old student armed himself with a steak knife and stabbed, slashed, punched and kicked his father when he refused to give him $2,000.

Now 19, he pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to causing grievous hurt to his father.

Experts told TNP they are seeing more cases of children attacking their parents. And the children are getting younger.

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on Wednesday, the number of children whose parents had to resort to filing Beyond Parental Control (BPC) complaints against them was at a 10-year high last year.

There were 108 new cases last year – against 71 cases in 2016 and 85 in 2017 – and most of the complaints were against children aged 13 to 14.

Interestingly, between 2009 and 2017, most of the BPCs were taken out against girls. (See report on Page 4.)

Some of these cases have also escalated to the point where the parents live in fear of the child.

Psychologist Carol Balhetchet related a case where a mother of a 14-year-old was so afraid of him she did not dare return home alone. Instead, she would wait for her husband to finish work and go home with her.

Her son had physically attacked her more than once.

Mr Galistan, the director of justice and institutions at Lutheran Community Care Services, said cases of abusive children are common.

“The social paradigm and dynamic is changing, parents let their kids get away with a lot of things and at some point, the parents become a hostage to the situation,” said Mr Galistan, who had been a senior prison officer and had worked at both prison school and Assumption Pathway School.

Dr Balhetchet said it could be something similar to “the little emperor syndrome”, where parents overindulge their child or give in when the child throws a tantrum. This will lead to the child feeling like he should be getting his way.

“And in moments where the parents cannot control the child and lashes out or uses violence, the child learns that is how he can gain control,” she added.

The problem of abusive children is not unique to Singapore.

The Daily Mail reported in 2017 that a UK-wide survey in 2016 by researchers One Pulse found three in 10 mothers claiming to have been physically attacked by their children.

The BBC also reported that in 2015, figures from the Crown Prosecution Service showed 2,549 teens aged 14 to 17 were prosecuted for a range of domestic abuse offences on family members and in-laws, an increase from 2,114 in 2013-14.

The youngest defendants were aged 10 to 13 and of these, 11 were convicted.

This article was first published in The New Paper

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By Maya

A pet owner has been accused of “animal abuse” for taking her cat to get plastic surgery on its face. The unnamed woman from China took her cat in to have an operation on its eyes after claiming she didn’t like the shape of them and thought they were “ugly”. The grey cat is said to have undergone a double-eyelid operation, or Asian blepharoplasty, where a crease is added to the animal’s eyelids, to create the look of a monolith.

In order to do this, vets made a cut on each of the cat’s eyelids with a scalpel, claimed a Jiangsu Television report earlier today.

The television station also revealed shocking photos of the cat following the procedure, which is believed to have cost the woman 10,000 Yuan (around £1,100). In the pictures, part of the cat’s fur has been shaved off its face, revealing that the poor animal’s eyes are very red and swollen. A line of stitches can also be seen on each eye.According to staff at the Rupeng Pet Hospital in Nanjing, where the op was performed, the double-eyelid surgery is common, with many dog owners opting to have it done so their pets can participate in shows. However they added that there can be a health risk when the surgery is performed on cats and it can cause a lot of discomfort.

Mail Online has revealed that since the report aired on Chinese television, the cat owner in question has been heavily criticised on social media.

One person said: “It doesn’t even look like the same cat anymore. This is plain torture.” A second commented: “I would go as far to say this is animal abuse – complete disregard for the poor cat’s feelings.”

“Completely unnecessary,” added a third user

mirror.co.uk

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PETALING JAYA: Besides having some 6,224 CCTVs keeping an eye at MRT and LRT stations, there are teams of uniformed auxiliary policemen patrolling them and even roving among passengers on board trains.

This was the assurance given by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd to the al­­most 150,000 daily commuters who take the MRT and LRT following the robbery-cum-assault on a woman in a lift at the Taman Mutiara station in Cheras on Feb 14.

“In normal situations, there are between 10 and 12 auxiliary policemen in uniform from our Special Action Unit (SAU) on patrol, inclu­ding within the trains.

“This is for all four rail lines: the LRT Ampang Line, LRT Sri Petaling Line, LRT Kelana Jaya Line, and MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line,” the company said in response to queries by The Star.

The SAU teams are in addition to security services provided by auxiliary policemen at all MRT stations.

Prasarana said its security department was also optimising the work of its existing Special Task Force team to give more attention to six hotspots: Taman Mutiara Cheras, Batu 11, Bukit Bintang, Maluri, Kajang and Pertama Cheras.

These areas will see more auxiliary policemen.

The company said it was working closely with the relevant authorities including Bukit Aman’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department to improve on safety.

“But having said this, it is also vital for the public to be alert when in public places – not just at stations and in trains.

“It will be very useful if they report to us of any suspicious looking people or items left at stations and trains,” Prasarana said.

On the possibility of hiring more auxiliary policemen to monitor its CCTVs, the company said such a move would incur “significant investments” in manpower.

“Currently, we have an auxiliary policeman assigned for the task, but he is also required to patrol the station as well when necessary,” Prasarana said.

On the Feb 14 incident, it said the auxiliary policeman was at the security control centre.

“However, the incident was not shown live on the monitor as not all TV monitors capture live images.

“The total number of live video TV monitors is limited and they cannot cover all CCTVs installed at the stations, which are more than the total number of live video TV monitors.

“The 6,224 CCTVs at the stations do not include CCTVs installed in the trains,” the company added.

Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft founder Dave Avran said improving safety and security at the stations should be done in a holistic manner, and not just as a knee-jerk response to a single incident.

“Improving the facilities alone are not enough as we need to look at passengers’ safety from a holistic point of view.

“Crimes like snatch thefts and wayside robbery are a matter of opportunity as the perpetrator is on the lookout for a soft victim.

“We need to continuously work towards improving the safety aspects of our public transport system,” he said.

How safe it is to walk to stations is another important factor.

Avran cited as examples the Cochrane and Taman Connaught MRT stations where there was no direct pedestrian linkway or bridge to nearby shopping malls or commercial areas.

This, as well as delays of between 30 minutes and an hour in the feeder bus service could leave commuters vulnerable to snatch theft or wayside robbery.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye proposed that the track operators adopt the latest technology to boost the security for MRT and LRT commuters.

“I would propose that Prasarana looks into the latest technology to improve the safety of commuters. They must be prepared to invest in the latest technology, getting the software and equipment to boost the security at all stations,” he said.

“I think showing footage live is important and this must be monitored by sufficient personnel. There should be more auxiliary police or security guards to patrol at the stations, especially those with high risks, during early mornings and late nights,” he suggested.

He said the safety of the MRT users must be given the highest priority.

-The Star

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BEWARE! Another ATM scam happened in Batu Pahat!

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WorldofBuzz wrote that an insurance agent from Batu Pahat recently lost RM30,000 from her bank account to scammers using the ATM. This has left her very confused because when she checked, her ATM card was still with her and she had not misplaced it before this, Oriental Daily reported.

The incident took place on Feb 25 around 8am when she was alerted about something fishy going on with her bank account. She said that she received WhatsApp calls from two unknown numbers when she was at home. She did not answer any of the 11 missed calls she received from these two numbers.

Not long after that, she received an SMS from her bank sending her the One-Time Password (OTP) and notifying her that her bank account was in the midst of transferring RM9,777 to another account. Right after this, one of the unknown numbers that called her previously sent a WhatsApp message, asking her to send the OTP she received over to them. 

Shocked, she immediately called her bank to verify whether the transaction had gone through and was informed that a large amount of money had been transferred out from her account. She told them to stop any transactions and went to the police station to lodge a police report.

Scammers Hacked Into M'sian Woman's Account & Stole RM30,000 Using The ATM - WORLD OF BUZZ 1

Source: China Press

After that, she went to one of the bank’s branches in Batu Pahat and discovered that RM10,000 had been transferred out from her bank account three times that morning without the need for any OTPs. She was puzzled as her ATM card was still with her and the daily withdrawal limit was only RM5,000 but somehow the scammers managed to hack into her account.

The bank said that they would investigate this incident in two weeks as they suspect that someone had hacked her account. She said that banks should ensure that their system is secure enough especially for online transactions and hopes that she will be able to get back her hard-earned money.

Be careful when receiving calls from unknown numbers and make sure to check with your bank if you notice anything suspicious!

-worldofbuzz.com

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