Malaysia: Guns entering country from Thailand
- Published: 10/10/2012 at 09:52 AM
- Online news:
The Malaysian home minister is blaming smuggling along the Thai-Malaysian border for the rise in the number of illegal firearms seized in Malaysia.
According to the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times, Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said smuggling across the border was one of the reasons behind the increase in the use of firearms in the country.
From January 2010 to August 2012, a total of 202 cases of robbery with firearms were reported, while there were 130 murders.
During the same period, there were 435 cases where police seized firearms, according to a report by the Malaysian news agency Bernama.
The home minister said areas along the Thai-Malaysian border such as Sungai Kolok were vulnerable to smuggling because of the constant flow of people crossing back and forth. The geography of the area is also a main factor, he added.
Mr Hishammuddin said Malaysian authorities are increasing their efforts to stop smuggling across the border.
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