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SINGAPORE – A new variant of a scam targeting bank customers has emerged, the police warned on Monday (Nov 25).

In this scam, the bank customers received SMS messages claiming that their bank cards were either blocked or deactivated, or that their bank accounts were locked. The victims were told to dial a phone number to reactivate their cards or accounts.

During the phone calls, the scammers pretended to be bank staff and asked the customers for their personal particulars, Internet banking details and one-time passwords. Subsequently, the victims discovered that unauthorised transactions were made from their bank accounts.

The police have received 12 reports of the scam this month, with total losses amounting to at least $65,000.

The police advised members of the public to be careful of unsolicited messages or calls from people impersonating as bank staff.

Scammers might also use spoofing technology to mask their actual phone numbers and display the bank’s number.

The public should also not disclose their Internet banking details or respond to digital token authentication requests via phone calls if they did not initiate any Internet banking transactions.

Should the public receive a suspicious call purportedly from the bank, they should hang up and call the hotline published on the bank’s website to verify the authenticity of the request, the police said.

Those who wish to provide information on such scams may call the police on 1800-255-0000, or send the information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness

For scam-related advice, they can call the anti-scam helpline on 1800-722-6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg

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Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman said the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has the authority to inspect anybody’s mobile phone during a random check

Azis made the comment when replying to Alor Setar Member of Parliament, Chan Ming Kai, at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, 18 November, reported Bernama.

He explained that such a measure is necessary to maintain public order and protect the safety of the nation.

Azis said the police can invoke the right under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998

Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman.

The provision deals with transmitting obscene, offensive, or false communication with the intent to harass or threaten another person.

“Through this section, any police officer may take action by reviewing any network facility or network service including mobile phones of persons suspected of committing an offence,” New Straits Times quoted Azis as saying.

Chan then asked what are the reasonable grounds for the police to run a mobile phone check

Alor Setar MP Chan Ming Kai.

The Alor Star MP said there have been cases where individuals had their phones confiscated without knowing the circumstances they were in.

In response, Azis said the police can take action for the purpose of inspecting any network services and mobile phones in accordance with the provisions under Sections 103, 104, and 106 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Act 593) in Chapter 12: Preventive Action of the Police.

Image for illustration purposes only.

Sections 103 and 104 of the CPC allows police to take preventive action – without warrants – against a suspect from committing a seizable offence, while Section 106 allows police to take action to prevent any public property damage.

According to AskLegal, apart from serious crimes such as robbery, murder, or rape, spreading fake news is also a seizable offence.

Azis said that while the police have the authority to check mobile phones, members of the public should still remember their rights

“However, the public should be aware of their rights during a random check, including requesting the identity of the police officer conducting the search for record purposes, in case there is a breach of the standard operating procedures (SOP),” Azis said.

Following Azis’ statement, former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan refuted that the police hold such a power

Image from Mohd Abdullah Yusof/Berita Harian

Image via Mohd Abdullah Yusof/Berita Harian

Musa told Free Malaysia Today that an individual’s mobile phone can only be checked if it is linked to an investigation, in which a police report must

first be lodged against the individual.

He clarified that the police cannot stop “any Tom, Dick, or Harry” and ask to see their phones.

Meanwhile, Lawyer Foong Cheng Leong contended that although the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 allows the police to inspect a mobile phone without warrants, the action can only be done by an officer above the rank of an inspector.

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong police said on Monday (Nov 11) they are investigating reports that a man was set alight following a heated argument on a day of widespread protests across the city, as videos of the purported attack surfaced online.

Three videos were posted on messaging channels used by protesters showing a man in a green t-shirt arguing with people on a footbridge, reportedly in the northern district of Ma On Shan.

A masked man dressed in black then throws a liquid over the man and sets him ablaze as crowds scatter and the victim frantically tries to remove his t-shirt.

A spokeswoman for the Hospital Authority said a man with burns had been admitted to Prince Wales Hospital, the closest facility to Ma On Shan.

“He’s in critical condition,” the spokeswoman said.

A police spokeswoman told AFP that they had received a report on the incident and were investigating.

The videos have not been verified by AFP, but the footage was picked up by Chinese state media.

The Global Times tabloid uploaded one of the videos to Twitter, a social media platform banned on the mainland, with the caption: “Black-clad rioters in #HongKong set a resident on fire in Ma On Shan on Monday, Hong Kong police confirmed with the Global Times.”

“Black-clad rioters” is a phrase commonly used by Chinese media to describe pro-democracy protesters.

What sparked the argument is unclear, but the expletive-laden conversation shows the man in green criticising people sympathetic to Hong Kong’s democracy movement, and his opponents berating him.

At one point, the man in green can be heard saying, “none of you are Chinese”.

One of his opponents shouts, “Go back to the Greater Bay Area”, the name for a nearby region of the Chinese mainland across the border from Hong Kong.

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PETALING JAYA – Police are looking for a Twitter user who labelled them as “dogs”.

Bukit Aman CID D5 (Prosecution and Legal division) principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said they had lodged two police reports over the posting.

The reports were made at the Jalan Tun Razak police station on Monday. The case is being investigated by the D5’s Special Investigation Unit.

“We are in the midst of tracking down this Twitter user,” said SAC Mior Faridalatrash.

On Monday, a Twitter user going by the handle Naavin Pillai (@naavinB) replied to Klang MP Charles Santiago’s post on the arrest of two DAP assemblymen allegedly linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“Please vote in Parliament to defund and reduce the salary of PDRM, remind them who is boss -Mahathir or 50+ PKR MPs, Misbehaving dogs need to be disciplined,” Naavin had said.

He also posted a picture of Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad with the caption “#petsatwork Anjing/Dogs and/bersama its Master/Tuan”.

Police have classified the case as distributing prohibited content and public mischief.

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LONDON – A man who drove his car at members of the public and police officers outside Britain’s parliament last year in what authorities treated as a terrorist attack was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.

Salih Khater, 30, accelerated a silver Ford Fiesta into 14 cyclists at a crossing, before veering across the road into a security lane and driving at two police officers.

The police officers jumped out of the way of the car, which was which was travelling at more than 30 mph (50 kph) before crashing into barriers outside parliament.

Khater had argued that the incident was an accident, but a judge at the Old Bailey found that the offence had a “terrorist connection” and gave him a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years.

“I am pleased at today’s sentence and that an extremely dangerous individual will be behind bars for a considerable time,” Richard Smith, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said.

“This was a man who used his car as a weapon to attempt to kill as many people as possible, spreading fear and terror. It was our view that this attack was carried out with a terrorist purpose and the sentence confirms this.”

Police said that Khater had acted alone, travelling to the capital from Birmingham, central England, in the early hours of the morning of the attack.

After scoping out the area, he drove four times around the square outside parliament before veering onto the wrong side of the road.

Khater first hit a jogger before plowing into the cyclists. Six received injuries, including a broken collar bone and bruising.

He then accelerated toward the policemen and was swiftly arrested by armed officers after he crashed.

The incident last August appeared to be the second terrorist attack at parliament in under 18 months.

In March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed an unarmed police officer to death in the grounds of parliament before being shot dead.

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On Sunday, 25 August, two men robbed a foreigner who was on his way to work at a petrol station in Sungai Buloh

Harian Metro reported that the incident took place at about 9.00 am when the victim, a Bangladeshi man, was crossing the road to his workplace.

Sungai Buloh district police chief Superintendent Shafa’aton Abu Bakar said, “The victim was approached by two men in a Proton Saga BLM. Suspects then fled with the victim’s phone and wallet which contained about RM100 cash.”

A police officer on duty nearby saw what happened and chased after the suspects.

The officer was filling up on gas for his Mobile Patrol Vehicle (MPV) when he saw the incident take place. He got in the car and drove after them.

The suspects’ car then tried to escape through a one-way street but was blocked by oncoming traffic.

One of the suspects got out of the car and took off while the other tried to crash the mobile petrol vehicle (MPV).The suspect missed and his car swerved into a tree on the curb.

The police officer only managed to apprehend one of the two suspects.

According to Shafa’aton, a background check revealed that the arrested suspect has a criminal history.

The police are actively searching for the other culprit that got away.

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HONG KONG – Police in Hong Kong fired tear gas and water cannon amid running battles with brick-throwing protesters in driving rain yesterday, after clashes a day earlier in which police fired tear gas for the first time in more than a week.

At least six petrol bombs were thrown by protesters, some of whom took off down narrow side streets. The water cannon, which had not been used in years of anti-government protests, could not follow.

The police also confirmed that there was at least one gunshot during the protests.

The city’s MTR rail operator had suspended some services to try to prevent people gathering but the protesters, calling for democracy for the former British colony, made it to a sports stadium in the vast container port of Kwai Chung, from where they marched to nearby Tsuen Wan.

Some dug up bricks from the pavement and wheeled them away to use as ammunition, others sprayed detergent on the road to make it slippery for the lines of police. Clashes spread in many directions.

The vast majority marched peacefully.

Police had warned earlier they would launch a “dispersal operation” and told people to leave. Hundreds remained long after dusk fell, discussing what to do next, surrounded by empty tear gas canisters, bricks, metal railings and other debris.

“Some radical protesters have removed railings … and set up barricades with water-filled barriers, bamboo sticks, traffic cones and other objects,” they said in a statement.

“Such acts neglect the safety of citizens and road users, paralysing traffic in the vicinity,” the statement said.

PETROL BOMBS

Activists threw petrol bombs and bricks on Saturday in the gritty industrial district of Kwun Tong, on the east of the Kowloon peninsula.

Mr M. Sung, a 53-year-old software engineer in a black mask emblematic of the many older, middle-class citizens at the march, said he had been at almost every protest and would keep coming.

“We know this is the last chance to fight for ‘one country, two systems’, otherwise the Chinese Communist Party will penetrate our home city and control everything.

“If we keep a strong mind, we can sustain this movement for justice and democracy. It won’t die,” Mr Sung said.

The protesters are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement under which Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, with the promise of continued freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland for 50 years.

The protests, which started over a now-suspended extradition Bill, have rocked Hong Kong for three months and plunged the city into its biggest political crisis since the handover.

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HONG KONG – Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested on Tuesday (Aug 20) after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital trolly, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality.

The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth.

There are no other people in the room as the officers take turns to abuse the patient over several minutes.

Police said the man was under arrest at the time.

“It is clear that the actions committed by the police officers concerned are unlawful,” said police spokesman John Tse, adding that police viewed the video for the first time on Tuesday.

“So far, two involved officers were arrested for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.”

He vowed a full, independent probe, insisting “police officers are never allowed to use abusive force for their own sake”.

The incident is likely to further fuel anger towards the stretched police force.

Pro-democracy protesters who have staged weeks of rallies throughout the city have called for an independent inquiry into the police response, which has included frequent use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

The force has become the loathed face of the Hong Kong government, and small groups of hardcore protesters have frequently clashed with frontline officers.

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KUALA LANGAT, Malaysia – Police are looking for several armed suspects following a robbery, CCTV footage of which went viral on social media.

In the three-minute and 39-second video, eight people can be seen lounging in the hall watching TV and seated at a table having a chat when three masked men armed machetes enter the house in Bandar Saujana Putra here.

The suspects then brandish their machetes and force all eight victims, aged between 12 and 70, into a room.

Kuala Langat OCPD Supt Azizan Tukiman said that the investigation has revealed that six suspects were involved in the robbery which occurred at 9.41pm on Tuesday (July 23).

“They tied up seven victims in a room downstairs.”

Another woman was taken upstairs and told to hand over all their jewellery and valuables, which she complied with,” he said when contacted on Wednesday (July 24).

He added that the victims lost over RM30,000 (S$9,940) in total to the robbers.

“No one was hurt in the robbery. The victims managed to free themselves and asked a neighbour for help once the suspects left the scene.

“We dusted the house for prints but could not find any as the suspects were wearing gloves,” he said.

Supt Azizan said police were now looking for leads on the suspects and urged anyone with information on the case to contact the police hotline at 03-2052 9999 or visit the nearest police station.

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JOHOR BARU – A video of two boys doing a “Superman” stunt on the back of a moving car has gone viral.

The two boys are seen holding onto the fast-moving car as it speeds down a busy intersection believed to be in Taman Scientex in Pasir Gudang.

However, there is no specific date or time showed on the six-second video.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Ismail Dollah confirmed that a report has been lodged following a complaint by a social media user on the viral video shared by the Komunity Taman Scientex Facebook page at 12.43am on Sunday (July 21).

“The action of the children and driver is dangerous to themselves and other road users,” said Supt Ismail.

“Not only that, the car is also seen to be speeding through a red light at the intersection,” he added.

Supt Ismail said that police have launched an investigation to identify the car owner or driver, and the two boys involved in the incident.

He added that the case was being investigated under Section 336 of the Penal Code for endangering the lives of others.

He urged those with information to contact the state police hotline at 07-2212999 or lodge a report at the nearest police station.

It was reported that the number of road accidents nationwide increased from 533,875 in 2017 to 548,598 cases last year.

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