Lee: Set up spe­cial court soon

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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