Posted by Frank Chin on May 27, 2006 at 13:40:41:
I got detained at Singapore airport when they found a copy of Playboy in my luggage, and they gave me a lecture on pornography being illegal there. Informed me to pick it up on the way out of the country which I was stupid enough to do.
The next stop was Malaysia, and got a form on the plane where I had to check off “no” that I don’t possess pornography, and that if I do, I’ll be subject to fine and jail. What am I to do, I got it in my luggage already, and I spent half the flight thinking of what to say if they found it. Fortunately, they didn’t get to search me on landing.
Explained to my local associate in Kula Lumpur my problem and asked if he wanted the Playboy. He explained that he had a big stash of the stuff in his basement once, that he enjoyed with a neighbor. He had to destroy it when he had a falling out, and the neighbor threatened to turn him in to the police. Says he’ll read it, but then burn it.
The other thing that bugs people are attempts to extort “money” from rich Americans.
The guy who was my supervisor at the “Middle East” desk says they can never find his reservation when he shows up at the airport. But then with a $20.00 bill, and a “can you take another look”, would he hear, “oh, I see it now”.
Then another scam they pull in China and elsewhere. They FORGET to stamp your visa or Passport on the way in, and then accuse you of “sneaking in” illegally. Only after paying a bribe would they correct the situation by stamping your arrival.
An “investment banker” friend of mine was detained for a number of hours at the Cina/Hong Kong border because of this and had the nerve to refuse to pay and insisted on seeing an American representative. They gave up after several hours concluding he was not paying.