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CAMBODIA: PM calls for protecting beaches from transnational criminals
Prime Minister Hun Manet urged the coastal authorities of four provinces to take adequate measures in order to protect their beaches from becoming a safe haven for drug users and transnational criminals.
Presiding over the closing ceremony of the 10th Sea Festival held in Kep province on Sunday, Mr Hun Manet said, “I ask all provincial authorities in the coastal areas and people of the four provinces – Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong – to maintain the reputation of being a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club’s and be worthy of the reputation of the Southwest Star.”
Three hundred civilians fled their homes after junta forces carried out a series of raids in northeastern Madaya Township, Mandalay Region, on Monday evening, destroying residences in three villages.
The military column in question first raided the 50-household Hmaw Ni Kone at 4pm, torching eight houses and a building in a monastery compound that held supplies and a vehicle for a local charity group. They also stole five motorbikes from abandoned homes, according to a local man who spoke to Myanmar Now on Tuesday morning.
“I think they came into the village hoping to find anti-junta forces,” he said. “Everyone had to flee in a state of panic and the military ransacked and torched not only the houses but also the car and the garage of the village’s social welfare group.”
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SINGAPORE: Singaporeans exempt from Malaysia digital arrival card that applies to foreigners from Jan 1.
SEPANG, Malaysia – Singaporeans travelling to Malaysia will not be required to fill up the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC), which will be compulsory from Jan 1 for foreign travellers.
“All Singapore citizens will be exempted (from filling up the digital card),” Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail told a news conference at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Dec 5.
Explaining the move, he said some Singaporeans enter Malaysia on an almost daily basis, and therefore “it is more realistic for us to exempt them”.
THAILAND: Thai police bust drug smuggling operation, seize 2 tonnes of crystal meth
BANGKOK: Thai police successfully confiscated 2 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine from a large tugboat in Chachoengsao in a significant operation conducted on Monday.
The illicit drugs, believed to be en route to the Philippines and Australia, were uncovered through a joint effort by marine and narcotic police.
Thirteen individuals, entirely of Thai nationality, were apprehended at a pier in Bang Pakong district in Chachoengsao.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Phrutthipong Nutchanart, the Commander of the Marine Police Division, said the massive haul of 2,000 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine was meticulously concealed within 90 cardboard boxes.
He said preliminary findings from the investigation suggest that the arrested suspects had intended to transfer the contraband to awaiting vessels in international waters.
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VIET NAM: Over 300 Vietnamese in Myanmar conflict zone repatriatedMore than 800 Vietnamese citizens have been granted travel documents and eligible to be repatriated, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar.
Vietnamese citizens repatriated from Myanmar at the immigration desk at Nội Bài International Airport, Hà Nội, early Tuesday morning. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Điệp
HÀ NỘI — As many as 338 Vietnamese citizens stranded in the conflict zone in the north of Myanmar were safely evacuated on Monday and they arrived at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội early Tuesday morning.
The repatriation, aiming to ensure absolute safety for citizens, was conducted under the Government’s direction by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Ministry of Public Security, relevant agencies of Việt Nam, and partner countries. All repatriation fees were covered by the Government.
As conflicts and complex developments continue in Myanmar, threatening the lives of Vietnamese citizens there, the MoFA is coordinating with domestic agencies, overseas representative agencies of Việt Nam, authorities of Myanmar, and partner countries to bring them home.
More than 800 Vietnamese citizens have been granted travel documents and eligible to be repatriated, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar.
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