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Friday, September 11, 2009

Do Not Be A Stupid Mule

You have heard and read reports that there are some Malaysians being detained abroad for being 'used' as drug mules. I mark with apostrophe the word use because they might be genuine victims of drug syndicate or maybe deny when being caught. Some of these victims were educated individuals and majority are females. Does this show that females are easy victims of drug syndicate? Sometimes we can't understand why are they easily being coaxed to carry items from someone they do not know the actual background or just new 'boyfriends'.

Today a 43 years old man in Kota Kinabalu was detained by Sabah Customs Department when he claim a parcel at a courier office in Likas. The parcel purportedly contain Chinese herbs do also contain 300gms of syabu. The question is; Did he know that there is syabu hidden inside or just being made a transporter of the drug without his knowledge. If its the latter then he is another victim. I felt sorry for his ignorant of the content which he believes contain genuine Chinese herbs.

What transpire from that man's fate is what we have to learn and take precautions. Have you ever receive notices that there is a parcel waiting for you to claim at courier office? Sometimes when a courier company can't personally deliver the consignment by hand to you, they will take it back to their office and send you a notice to claim it. Some courier agents will phone and inform about the item. These reputable agents will make arrangements whether you want to items to be delivered again or you go to their office to claim it. But one company will just send you a red card reminding you of a parcel or consignment and request you to go to the distribution center to claim.

I for a few times do receive this kind of card but usually I will ignore it because there is not enough information about the undelivered consignment. I do not know who sent me the item and the origin of it. Experience in those days did teach me some lesson. When I receive a card telling me to go to the Post Office to claim, I found out it was just a normal letter and I was fined because the sender did not stick enough amount of stamp value for the letter.

As precaution better be aware of items sent to you and be sure of who send you the item. If its from an unknown sender or someone you get to know through the internet, better be wise. The internet today has been misused by unscrupulous individuals to trick or con his/her new friend and convert you into another stupid mule. If you fall into their trap then you are a really STUPID MULE.

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