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Malaysian family charged with human smuggling

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 9, 2008

A Malaysian woman and her two grown children were charged on Friday with trying to sneak three Sri Lankan kids to London. The trio were arrested Thursday evening at Changi Airport after a security officer suspected the children’s identities did not match the Malaysian passports they held.

The kids, all about 11 years old, were about to board a plane for London with the suspects, according to the charges filed.

Police are probing whether the incident is connected to a larger child-smuggling operation. Police spokesman Ng Siew Hua said the kids be cared for while investigations continue.

Looking grim, Madam Vigiletchumi Suparayan, 61, was produced at a special court session yesterday with her son Sangar Shanmugam, 39, and daughter Pathmavathy Shanmugam, 31.

They were charged with conspiring with others to bring the three children to London. (story)

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More security at airports please

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 11, 2007

Singaporeans are willing to weather delays at the airport for safer air travel, according to a study released on Tuesday. The latest Unisys Security Index, which surveyed citizens from 14 countries on security issues, found Singaporeans among the most concerned about aviation security in the region.

Of the 891 Singaporeans between 18 and 64 polled, 96 per cent believed more needed to be done to make regional air travel more secure, while 94 per cent of Hong Kongers and Malaysians believed the same.

And 97 per cent of Singaporeans were willing to go through added security measures to help make regional airline travel safer.

Almost as many Hong Kongers and 95 per cent of Malaysians feel the same way.

This despite measures that would inconvenience them, such as arriving at the airport 30 minutes earlier for extra screening, or providing more personal information, such as a traveler’s identity scheme. (story)

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Military rebels arrested as police storm hotel

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 29, 2007

Military rebels and their civilian supporters were arrested on Thursday after Philippine forces stormed a five-star hotel where they had been holed up, a reporter at the scene said. Heavily armed security forces marched the rebels, their arms raised behind their heads in surrender, from the second floor of the five-star Peninsula Hotel into its ruined lobby, the reporter witnessed.

Rebel leader Antonio Trillanes, a navy lieutenant who was elected a senator in May, was hauled into a prison bus along with former vice president Teofisto Guingona, a 79-year-old politician who was not hand cuffed.

Brigadier General Danilo Lim and the band of rebels he led into the hotel early Thursday were also taken into the bus between a phalanx of police. (story)

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US security measures prevent some from travelling

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 28, 2007

United States-bound travellers recently had their holiday plans disrupted when they were told at Changi Airport that they either had to get a new passport or a visa to enter the country. The Straits Times understands that in the last few weeks, an average of at least one traveller a day has been turned away by check-in staff because of passport problems.

Under US immigration laws, Singapore passport holders do not need a visa if their passports fall in one of three categories:

Passports issued, renewed or extended on or after Oct 26, 2006 must be biometric – containing a computer chip embedded with the passport holder’s thumbprint and unique facial features. (story)

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Security tightened for ASEAN Summit

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 15, 2007

With just a couple of days to go to the high-profile 13th Asean Summit and its related meetings, stringent measures in security and traffic management by the police, in concert with the Singapore Armed Forces and the Singapore Civil Defence Force, are being put in place.

For example, the directive has gone out that none of the 120 new 5- and 7-series BMWs ferrying the heads of state and other VIPs around will fly the small flags indicating the delegates’ countries.

This is to prevent certain delegates from being recognized and falling target to attacks.

The average man in the street might come up against delays on the daily commute for motorists and pedestrians alike, especially around the Shangri-la Hotel, the meeting venue.

Some roads will be cordoned off for a part of or the whole day, and random vehicles or members of the public around the event areas may be pulled over for checks.

(story)

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