With regards to questionable headlines to read in the morning, this one might just take the cake.
On Tuesday morning (31 May), a Singaporean couple were arrested after the man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend in her right buttock.
According to Johor Police Chief Kamarul Zaman Mamat in The Star’s report, the authorities were alerted to the crime at an apartment in Taman Mount Austin around 4:30pm.
The couple were later tested positive for drugs.
Although morbid curiosity demands more details, the Johor Chief Police’s account of the crime is quite sparse.
He stated that the couple had rented an apartment in Taman Mount Austin to stay there for a few days as they were on a holiday.
However, the pair got into a heated argument, which resulted in the 34-year-old man allegedly stabbing his 29-year-old girlfriend.
There are so many questions to ask, like how did he procure the knife? Why did the argument take place? Why did he stab her in that area of all places, and who called the police at 4:30am in the morning?
The 999/112 emergency dispatcher must have been in for a surprise when they heard the report after picking up the call.
Alas, Mr Kamarul Zaman merely confirmed that the suspects have been arrested, and will be facing charges for drug consumption and voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon.
They should feel fortunate that they were caught in Malaysia, since Singapore’s drugs laws aren’t anything to be trifled with, if the recent death penalty protests mean anything.
No Other Crime in Johor Thus Far
Ever since the land borders officially reopened on 1 April, the weekends that coincided with a holiday has ensured that the Causeway link saw plenty of traffic, to the point of hours-long congestion.
On the Good Friday weekend, 436,800 crossed the land borders between two countries.
On the Labour Day and Hari Puasa weekend, nearly one million people came and went from the customs.
Having predicted that there would be a sharp influx of travellers, the Johor Police Chief had deployed additional officers to patrol the 41 known major public areas and the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) building.
During the press conference, Mr Kamarul Zaman also reportedly claimed that no other Singaporean has been a victim of crime in Johor since the re-opening.
Are you sure? Someone must have complained about theft at least.
Furthermore, the Johor Chief Police took the opportunity to remind foreigners to respect Malaysian laws when travelling within its domestic borders.
Those found guilty of drug consumption in Malaysia may be jailed up to two years and fined up to RM5,000 (S$1,600).
Those convicted of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon may face a maximum jail term of 10 years, and fined or caned.
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