‘SEND TEEN TO RE­HAB, GIVE HER A CHANCE’

We need to find out ori­gin of drugs, says Pe­madam deputy pres­i­dent

New Straits Times - - News -

AU­DREY DERMAWAN AND ARFA YUNUS KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

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.”

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