Falling for the same trick, over and over again. At this very moment, Raja Munirah Raja Iskandar Shah (left) faces a 7-year jail sentence in Japan for carrying Milad's luggage at the Tokyo airport. She was arrested with 100g of syabu in the bag and the Japanese courts are not convinced that the Iranian man really exist.
But compared with Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, Munirah must consder herself very lucky. Umi Azlim from Kelantan is facing death in China (read here). What happened to her was what happened to Munirah: she carried a friend's bag, seemingly without caring what the bag contained. On that fateful day, that bag contained nearly 3kg of heroine.
These are bright, young Malaysians. But sometimes all it takes is a half-second lapse in judgement. You go to jail for such lapses. You may even pay with your life.
Thing is, there have been cases like Munirah's and Umi's. Same shit, different day: Malaysian girl asked by Middle Eastern man to carry his luggage/Malaysian girl arrested as drugs found in bag/Middle Eastern guy nowhere to be seen/Malaysian girl charged in court/Malaysian girl go to jail.
I am riled and so dissappointed, but what I feel is not important right now. The family of Munirah is in dire need of help. Her father needs to raise RM20,000 to pay for the legal fees to appeal against the jail sentence. If you want to help, click here to the KMU site for details, including his bank account number.
For Umi Azlim and her mom and dad, I pray for you.
It'd be great if there are Malaysian lawyers to take up the girls' cases. It'd be greater if our girls learn from these tragedies and say NO to any request to carry any man's luggage. If nothing else, it's un-ladylike. Let them lug their own bags.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Girls, don't carry their bags, OK?
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