A Malaysian drug trafficker whose sentence was reduced yesterday for a prompt guilty plea had his jail term further lightened due to the fact he was a foreigner. It was the second time in as many days that the High Court had taken into account the difficulties foreigners faced in adapting to a different language, culture and diet in Hong Kong prisons. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal shaved three months off the jail term of Felix Rohrer, 27, a Swiss national, for similar reasons. Yesterday, in the Court of First Instance, Mr Recorder Ronny Wong Fook-hum, SC, again raised the issue when he sentenced 24-year-old Malaysian Chan Chee-san to 15.5 years for trafficking in the drug 'ice'. He said such a move was in line with earlier rulings in which a defendant's nationality was taken into consideration during sentencing, but said it would not substantially affect the term to be served. He reduced Chan's sentence from 25 to 16 years because of an early guilty plea and further deducted six months for his 'foreignness' and clear record. The court heard Chan was arrested on March 23 as he boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Malaysia. Ice valued at $861,600 was found strapped to his waist and inner thigh. Chan's defence counsel, Simon Lam, told the court his client 'foolishly' agreed to be a 'mule' for loansharks after his pregnant fiancee acted as guarantor for one of her friends, who later defaulted on payments. Mr Lam said that the loansharks then embarked on an intimidation campaign in which Chan's fiancee was slapped and harassed every time she ventured from their home. Dead mice and cats were also found outside their front door, he said. When Chan was approached by the loan shark syndicate to work off the debt by trafficking in drugs, he agreed, thinking ice was a soft drug, the court heard.