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SG Beware 'drug pusher' tenants: Malaysian police

Property Here - Friday, August 02, 2013

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As a result of recent cases whereby condominium units were converted into drug labs, Kuala Lumpur Police Chief DCP Datuk Mohmad Salleh has urged landlords to monitor their tenants, while neighbours should keep watch over each other. 

“In Kuala Lumpur it has become a trend, especially for foreigners namely Iranians and Nigerians, to rent condominiums or apartments and turn them into drug processing centres,” Mohmad said. 

“They come in using social visit passes or student visas. If the new neighbours are students, they would have to go for lectures during the day. But if they do not go to lectures or leave their unit at all, something is suspicious,” he said, adding that tourists typically spend most of their time outside. 

If residents notice that their neighbours are acting suspiciously, they should alert the police. With community help, the authorities can reduce drug-related crimes in the city, he noted. 

Mohmad added that the need for vigilance among communities is underscored by recent drug busts successfully carried out by the police. 

They include the confiscation of 59 methamphetamine capsules, which were swallowed by an Iranian who was arrested on 26 July by the police, the apprehension of a 32-year-old Nigerian who was carrying 400 grams of methamphetamine on 29 July, and the arrest on 30 July of four men carrying 1,810 grams of marijuana.

Farah Wahida
, Editor of PropertyGuru Malaysia, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories