88 M’sian women in jails abroad

Kota Kinabalu: There are currently 88 Malaysian women serving jail time abroad for drug smuggling offences, generally labelled as “drug mules”. Of the number, 10 are Sabahans.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry, in response to a Daily Express query, said that going by place where such offences were committed, statistics show that that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has the highest number with 17.

“This is followed by Taipei which has officially registered 12 Malaysian women detainees and Guangzhou (in China) with nine women,” the statement said.

Further breakdown is as follows: Jakarta (8), Bangkok (7), Shanghai (6), Tokyo (5), Accra (capital of Ghana) (4), Brasilia (capital of Brazil) (3), Pontianak (3), Ho Chi Minh (2), Kunming (city in China), Songkhla (city in southern Thailand) (2), Wellington (2), Caracas (capital of Venezuela) (1), Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) (1), Lima (capital of Peru) (1), Medan (1), Madrid (1) and Vienna (1).

In August this year, wife of Foreign Minister, Datin Sri Siti Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad, met with three Malaysian women who were detained in Caracas since 2007/2008 and had completed their prison sentences.

The trio were released on parole since 2010 and even allowed to work within the country (Venezuela). One of them returned to Malaysia the following month (September).

During the meeting with Siti Rubiah, the women hoped their predicament and incarceration would serve as a deterrent and lesson to other Malaysian women not to be easily influenced or too trusting with strangers.

Of the 88 detained “drug mules”, Daily Express understands 10 are from Sabah, an increase by four since 2007, based on media reports.

They are believed to be still languishing in foreign jails.

Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim (then 24), a Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) graduate in Biological Science, was detained at China’s Shantou International Airport in January 2007 after immigration officers found 2.98kg of heroin on her.

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