Currently, the media stream is highlighting a number of cases involving Malaysian women duped into becoming drug traffickers. They were promised high pay for carrying packages and goods overseas and for most cases, they did not even know what they were carrying in their hands.
The latest being of Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, a Kelantanese, who was caught in Guangzhou, China carrying 3 kilograms of heroin.
Tragically, Umi Azlim, 23 was handed a death sentenced, and now is given 2 years to appeal for a lighter sentence. She will be celebrating her 24th birthday next month in the Shantou Detention Camp.
Umi was a former graduate in Universiti Malaysia Sabah, UMS, studying in Biological Science.
According to their parents, who went to see her in China, a friend showed their daughter an internet job advertisement which offered opportunities for overseas traveling. Umi was lured to take the job due to the promise of high salary. Upon commencing work, she was asked to send goods overseas like an international courier.
I feel sorry for the parents to see their eldest daughter ends up in a difficult predicament. And again, careful guys with all the hanky-panky recruitment companies around. Don’t be blinded with the offer of stash of money, make sure you know what you will be doing. In case of Umi, it is even far more tragic than losing money to scam recruitment agencies. We are talking about life at stake here.
To date, as many as 37 people are convicted or awaiting trial for drug-related offence in China.
Picture courtesy of The Star Online.