My neighbour went on a trip and got a small knife back as a souvenir, he didn't Know it's on the prohibited list and it got confiscated By the customs. He is a kid 16-17 years old and he got a warning advisory issued, mentioning the offence, but that no action would be taken. But his particulars and the details of th first offence are on record and in the event of a second one, he may be arrested. His parents are anxious and don't know what to do or can be done. Any idea what a warning means...?
Wah... why can get caught? Did he declare the knife or he didn't put in check-in baggage? Not sure if customs can Xray dangerous objects in check-in luggage not. Just find ways not to repeat the offence?
If it is you who brought the knife in, say lah. Don't be so shy.
Police is police, customs is customs. You got a warning, end of story. Don't do it again.
Thanks for the reassuring responses. He checked it in, think its a police warning letter and not customs, that's why his folks are worried...
These are items under prohibited/controlled item list under the Police's 'Arms and Explosives' licensing laws.
Certain types of knives (eg. flip knives) have no other purposes except to attack/kill people. So they are strictly prohibited and no types of declaration/licensing will be allowed.
A warning means - they give him a chance + benefit of doubt that he probably doesn't know its prohibited.
IF he attempts to smuggle it in again, he will be charged in court. Simple.
They can take it that with a warning - it means there're no further action from them anymore, unless he tries it again.
Knife is illegal?Really!