I am not saying all foreign men are bad or that all Sarawakian men are good.
Just remember the stories of the Sarawakian women who are currently languishing in jails overseas, suffering on their own without the support of friends and family because they believed the promises of their foreign boyfriends.
Remember that Beatrice Laus Johie’s so-called African boyfriend, apparently named Anthony, whom she has actually known for several years, is the reason she could now be facing up to 25 years in an Australian prison and, or an RM1.78 million fine.
Not the exciting Aussie adventure this educated 27-year-old woman with a good job as a ward assistant probably imagined.
She does not sound like a naive young girl, but yet she fell for whatever promises he made her.
Whether or not she knew what she was transporting for him, she must have trusted his reassurances that she would be alright.
Why she still got on that plane without him is something only she can answer.
Please Sarawakians out there reading this. Please make sure that no one else falls victim to foreigners who seem so skilled at convincing our women to risk everything for them.
In the meantime, I reiterate that let’s ensure there is support for her family members, in particular her three sons.
Let’s also make sure that Beatrice herself gets support and pray that she will be able to rebuild her life no matter what the court’s decision.
Remember the wise words of Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mortadza Nazarene: “Be suspicious when you are asked to carry something even for your friend especially when going overseas.
“There is no such thing as a free holiday and people may want to take advantage of you.”
The story from The Borneo Post:
Beatrice’s life could depend on mens rea — Karim
By Simon Ingka Crown
KUCHING: It is difficult to determine the ‘intention’ of Beatrice Laus Johie when she carried the bag containing heroin into Melbourne airport, opined Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.
Abdul Karim, who is a lawyer by training, said the burden of proof had to be produced by the Australian police to show that Beatrice was aware of the 1.5kg of heroin inside the bag she was carrying.
“At this point in time, the investigation has to prove that there was no mens rea (an intention of the mind) from Beatrice, to help her to get acquitted,” he said.
He was asked to comment on Beatrice who was nabbed with 1.5kg of heroin at Melbourne International Airport last Sunday afternoon. She was said to have been deceived by her Nigerian boyfriend to carry his luggage which contained the drugs. The Nigerian, whom she had befriended through Facebook, was supposed to travel with her but he did not make the trip at the last moment – claiming visa problems.
If found guilty, Beatrice will face 25 years’ imprisonment or A$550,000 fine.
Abdul Karim said the interrogation period would involve a lot of legal procedures.
“This is one of the hardest parts (interrogation and legal procedures) that a person must go through. I pity her as a person, but there is no way through this except to seek help from the government,” he said.
He advised parents to constantly monitor their children even though they were already adults.
“There is no harm in giving them advice from time to time,” he said, when met at the closing ceremony of Bicara Bestari’s ‘Belia vs Sektor Perkhidmatan’ programme yesterday.
Abdul Karim stressed that youths must be cautious when befriending foreigners in Facebook.
“We can never know what their modus operandi is.”
He said no one should be gullible enough to be lured into their den which promised overseas vacations and instant wealth.
The Bernama story:
Learn from latest drug mule case police tell Sarawak young women
SIBU, Nov 9 (bernama) — Despite giving many advices in the past, some people are still not convinced of the folly in befriending certain people and unwittingly becoming involved in serious crime like becoming drug mules overseas.
Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mortadza Nazarene hoped the latest case involving a 27-year-old employee of a private hospital, Beatrice Laus Johie, who was arrested on Sunday at the Melbourne Airport, Australia would be seen as another clarion call for all to be extremely careful. Australian Customs and Border Protection team when checking her luggage discovered 1.5kg of heroin inside.
Speaking to the media after declaring open the RM10.3 million Sibu Central Police Station here today, he said young women should be very careful about befriending foreigners especially whom they had only got acquainted through social website.
“Be suspicious when you are asked to carry something even for your friend especially when going overseas.
“There is no such thing as a free holiday and people may want to take advantage of you,” he said.
Beatrice, a single mother with three young children, is from Kampung Seratau near Kuching.
Her father Laus Johie, 49, blamed her Nigerian boyfriend whom she knew through Facebook for her predicament.
Meanwhile, on another issue Mortadza said Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu would be considered hotspot places under the state police”s National Key Result Area (NKRA) target.
“There are a lot of development activities happening there. Bintulu is a heavy industry town while Sibu is located right in the centre of the state regional development corridor or Score (Sarawak Corridor of renewable Energy).
“We want to increase the police physical presence to further boost public confidence in carrying out their economic activities,” he said.
He urged his officers and men not to rest on their laurel but to continue to work hard to maintain or improve upon it so as to meet their Key Performance Indicator.