Lee: Set up special court soon
The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) yesterday urged the government to expedite the setting up of a special court to clear the backlog of cases involving drug-related offences.
Its deputy chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, said there was a pressing need to have the special court to expedite the process.
He said the need for the special court was even more pressing now that more cases were being filed on a daily basis nationwide.
“Most of the backlog cases have been there for years. This is not a good sign as justice delayed is justice denied,” he said after a meeting with state police chief Datuk Asri Yusoff and his officers here yesterday.
Lee said the special court would play a crucial role in the government’s efforts to end the drug menace, which he described as being at a “very serious stage”.
Later, he announced that MCPF had approved a RM30,000 allocation to fund Kedah police’s effort to produce a documentary on the suffering of family members of drug addicts, part of its “Jihad Against Drug Abuse” campaign.
Lee also commended the effort spearheaded by Asri to curb drug abuse cases in the state, adding that MCPF would use the documentary in its drug abuse education and prevention campaigns nationwide.
In February last year, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also home minister, had announced that the government would set up the special court for drug-related offences to clear the backlog of such cases.
MCPF deputy chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (second from left) and Kedah police chief Datuk Asri Yusoff (second from right) at the Kedah police contingent headquarters in Alor Star yesterday.