‘SEND TEEN TO REHAB, GIVE HER A CHANCE’
We need to find out origin of drugs, says Pemadam deputy president
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MORE and more people are baying for blood over how Ng Pei Ven’s action of driving against traffic flow while high on drugs had resulted in the death of an innocent man.
However, those who knew the effects of methamphetamine, or meth, on a person have a different opinion on how the teenager should be punished.
Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (Pemadam) deputy president Datuk Mohamad Suhaimi Abdullah said instead of charging her with murder, the public should realise that the teenager needed help.
“I would treat her as a patient because she didn’t know (what was happening when she was high on drugs).
“We need to send her to a rehabilitation centre and give her a chance. How can we punish her (for murder) if she was unaware (of what she was doing at the time)?
“This teenager can still be cured. She will regret what she did when she finds out what happened. This type of drug can make anyone go insane,” he told the New Straits Times.
On Tuesday, the teenager drove her car at high speed against the flow of traffic along the North-South Expressway (NSE) after the Sungai Dua toll on mainland Butterworth and triggered a multiple vehicle collision.
Her Proton Gen 2 struck the Perodua Kelisa driven by Mohamad Fandi Rosli, 26, which led to a chain of other collisions.
Fandi died at the scene due to severe head and bodily injuries. The teenager and four others escaped with minor injuries.
Since then, Netizens have expressed outrage, with some even spamming her social media ac- counts calling for her death, and others pressing for the authorities to charge her with murder.
Suhaimi explained that meth could cause someone to hallucinate to the point that they would start hearing voices.
When this happens, he said, users would become unaware of their surroundings and listen to the voices.
“I feel very disturbed by such cases and they are increasing.
“Nowadays, when people are stressed, they resort to taking drugs but what they don’t un- derstand is that drugs will not solve their problems.
“Instead, it will create problems for others.
“In this case, Fandi lost his life although he’s not a drug user. This is unfair to him. Of course his parents want justice.
“In my opinion, we need to find out where this teenager got the drugs.
“Was it planted in her drink? Did she buy it on her own? If she bought it, we need to find out who the dealers are because we need to put a stop to this now.”