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Two Cops Held for Gun Smuggling

2 January 2005

Star (Malaysia)

KANGAR — Two policemen were among five people detained by a special Bukit Aman squad for allegedly smuggling guns. One policeman, attached to the Kangar district police headquarters, was stopped near the Padang Besar border crossing on Wednesday afternoon while the other was detained here. At least six China-made revolvers were recovered. The policeman detained in Padang Besar was said to be in possession of the revolvers. The three civilians in his car were... (

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Home-made Gunmakers Face Caning, Plus 14 Years Max

23 November 2004

Daily Express (Malaysia)

JOHOR BARU — Police arrested five men and seized a home-made gun and gun making components from two houses at Kulai-Kota Tinggi road, here, last Saturday. Johor Deputy CPO, SAC I Mohd Anuar Md Zain, said police raided the first house at 5.45am after receiving a tip-off and arrested four men from Sabah aged 19 to 31 years. Police found two wooden pieces used for making gun butts and an iron pipe for a gun barrel in the house. The home-made gun and a wooden butt... (

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Two Policemen Arrested Over Missing Pistol

4 November 2004

Malaysia Star

KUALA LUMPUR — Two policemen have been arrested after a Steyr semi-automatic pistol was reported missing from the armoury of the general operations force (GOF) central brigade in Cheras here. The weapon was in the armoury of the newly-formed Battalion 19, which has been tasked to provide 24-hour patrols to protect diplomats and ensure round-the-clock patrols at foreign missions in the country. The policemen, both lance-corporals attached to the armoury, were... (

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Ukrainian Arms Exports End Up in a Wide Range of Conflict Zones

19 September 2004

Jane's Defence News, Web Page

Ukraine's arms exports last year stood at US$530-550m, an increase on the year before when they were officially recorded at $440m. JID's regional analyst looks at the implications of Kiev's weapons policy. Ukrainian experts analysing this highly secretive sector of Ukraine's foreign trade believe that the volume of military exports could rise to an annual maximum of $700m. Of course, these figures do not include the large volume of unofficial trade in weapons. Since... (

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Vietnam: Police in Malaysia, Thailand to Receive Training on Gun Laws

20 August 2004

Vietnam News Agency

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia and Thailand will work closely to stem firearms, drugs and women trafficking, Malaysian Internal Security Deputy Minister Noh Omar said on Thursday. The agreement was reached during his two-day visit to Phuket, Thailand beginning on Sunday. Both countries discussed transborder security and steps to address criminal activities, especially in southern Thailand, local media said. Malaysia and Thailand also agreed to conduct joint courses at the... (

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Machine Guns Seized in HK Not from Malaysia

5 May 2004

Star (Malaysia)

BANGKOK — The 2,850 used machine guns and 25,200 magazines seized from a ship in Hong Kong last Friday are "definitely not" from the Malaysian security forces, armed forces chief Jen Tan Sri Mohd Zahadi Zainuddin said here. "I can say with 100% certainty that they are not from us. We do not have a lot of machine guns anyway and we have checked our armouries," he said yesterday. It was reported that Hong Kong Customs officers found the weapons and magazines inside... (

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Country Set to Become Leading Small Arms Maker

13 April 2004

Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia has signed a deal with Austrian gun maker Steyr-Mannlicher to manufacture its new assault rifle, a move the government said advances its plan to make this Southeast Asian country a major supplier of military small arms. Defense Minister Najib Razak said that following the signing of the agreement in Kuala Lumpur Monday, Malaysia expects to soon be exporting Steyr's new AUGA3 rifle to more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe... (

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Firearms Workshop Found in Resettlement Scheme

4 March 2004

Star (Malaysia)

MIRI — Police here stumbled upon a firearms manufacturing workshop while on rounds to nab some suspected thieves. The workshop was in a house located in front of a mosque in the Tudan Resettlement Scheme. A team of police officers was pursuing a gang of thieves living in a detached wooden house in the scheme in Kuala Baram, some 30km from the town centre here, when they discovered the workshop. Miri police chief Asst Comm Ambrose Chung said two homemade shotguns... (

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Minister: Gun Owners Should Be Trained

5 February 2004

Star (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR — Firearms owners should undergo training twice a year as a prerequisite for the annual renewal of their licence, suggests Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung. "This will be good for gun owners, especially those holding side-arms like revolvers and pistols. They should know how to handle them professionally," he said, after opening the City Square Shooting Gallery, the first private shooting club, here yesterday. He added that the requirement... (

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Two Indonesians Arrested for Firearms Possession: 14 Years Prison?

14 January 2004

Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two Indonesians were arrested for firearms possession after they tried to sell a loaded pistol to an off-duty police officer on Borneo island, a news report said Wednesday. The suspects, aged in their 20s, offered the gun to a group of people for RM1,000 at Bekenu town in eastern Sabah state, The Star daily reported. The officer was among the group. The officer called for back up and then kept the suspects talking by pretending to be... (

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Firearms for Crimes 'Supplied' by Smugglers

19 October 2003

Star (Malaysia)

MIRI — Armed robberies on banks and goldsmiths in Sarawak may have been staged by those who obtained shotguns smuggled into the state from a neighbouring country, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam. The state government, he said, had clamped down on the ownership and sale of these weapons to make it difficult for people to own firearms. "We do not issue anymore new licence for ownership of shotguns. We have even made it difficult to... (

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Applications for Firearm Permits Under Review

18 September 2003

Star (Malaysia)

SHAH ALAM — The Home Ministry is studying applications by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and several municipal councils to provide their enforcement officers with permits to carry firearms during raids. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the ministry was currently assessing the occupational hazards and security of enforcement officers from a few government agencies before making a decision to allow them... (

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Don't Sell Bullets to Illegal Gun Owners

17 July 2003

Daily Express (Malaysia)

KOTA KINABALU — State Police Commissioner, Datuk Ramli Yusuff, on Wednesday warned shotgun owners and ammunition sellers not to sell bullets to 'bakakuk' and 'ginsuk' (home-made shotguns) owners. He said this was because there had been many cases of accidental shootings involving bakakuk and ginsuk owners while hunting. "This year alone, we recorded about 10 cases of accidental shooting while hunting using the home-made shotguns with bullets obtained either from... (

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Gun Owners to Update Records

23 May 2003

Borneo Bulletin (Brunei)

MIRI — Gun owners have been urged to update their records to enable police to monitor the movement of firearms in Sarawak. Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mohd Yussoff Jaafar said shotgun owners were slow in updating their records despite a drive launched three years ago. Possession of firearms without a valid licence can send the person to be prison for a maximum of 14 years and a maximum six strokes of the cane under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act,... (

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Almost All Firearms Used in Armed Robberies Are Smuggled: Chor

24 April 2003

Bernama (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR — Nearly all the firearms used in armed robberies in the country are smuggled in from neighbouring countries, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung told the Dewan Negara, Wednesday. He said studies by the Royal Malaysian Police revealed that robbers involved in armed robberies do not use stolen firearms or those that have been reported missing. "Criminals involved in violent crimes do not use firearms that have been reported lost or stolen from... (

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Thais Agree to help KL Curb Drug Smuggling

11 June 2002

Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian and Thai police have agreed to step up co-operation to curb drug smuggling from two Thai provinces into Malaysia, the national Bernama news agency reported yesterday. The districts of Satun and Narathiwat in southern Thailand are major suppliers of cannabis being smuggled by sea to the northern Malaysian island resort of Penang, Mohammed Sedek Mohammed Ali, a senior Malaysian police official, was cited by Bernama as saying. Mr Mohammed Sedek... (

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Seminar on Small Arms Proliferation on May 29

24 May 2002

Sarawak Tribune (Malaysia)

KUCHING — The issue of small arms proliferation in North East India will be explored in a research seminar organised by the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) on May 29. Dr Anindita Dasgupta, a modern Indian history lecturer at India's Gauhati University, will deliver the seminar titled "Small Arms Proliferation in South Asia: A Case Study of North East India". The proliferation of small arms and light weapons has gained... (

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No Need to Give the Officers Guns!

5 September 2001

New Straits Times (Malaysia)

Guns are for Heads of State, the police, soldiers, security guards, village heads, RELA leaders (in kampungs), rich businessmen and such, for personal protection against criminals, wildlife and threats against the State. However, firearms are definitely NOT for local authority enforcement officers who mostly chase after pirated VCD sellers, gambling den operators, unlicensed business operators and stubborn squatters. This, basically, is what several members of the... (

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Malaysia Checks Border, Seas for Arms Looters

3 July 2000


KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia searched its seas and border with Thailand on Monday for a group of arms thieves who ran off with a huge cache of weapons from two army camps, official news reports said. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was quoted by the national Bernama news agency as saying that while there had been no clear proof the arms heist by 15 men in the western state of Perak was politically motivated, it was possible. Mahathir said he feared that the stolen weapons... (

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