Zahid: We’ll tackle drug men­ace our way

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not re­sort to the con­tro­ver­sial meth­ods used by the Philip­pine govern­ment to con­tain the drug prob­lem, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the mea­sures taken by the Philip­pines were more suited to that coun­try’s needs.

“We re­spect the meth­ods un­der­taken by them but they are only suit­able for that coun­try,” he said.

“Malaysia will be us­ing its own meth­ods, es­pe­cially in en­forc­ing the laws that we al­ready have,” he told a press con­fer­ence af­ter at­tend­ing the Cabi­net Com­mit­tee on Erad­i­ca­tion of Drugs at the Par­lia­ment tem­po­rary build­ing here yes­ter­day.

It was re­ported that the ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings to com­bat drug-re­lated crimes un­der­taken by Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte had so far killed 3,000 peo­ple since July.

Mean­while, Zahid said Kedah has topped the list of states with the high­est num­ber of drug abuse among pupils.

He said 4% from a sam­pling of 35,755 stu­dents were found pos­i­tive for drug abuse.

Asked for the rea­son, Zahid said it could be that drugs were eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in the state.

He said 74% of the pupils were found us­ing metham­phetamine, 20% cannabis and the rest var­i­ous types of drugs.

As to the out­come of the Cabi­net Com­mit­tee meet­ing, he said it was sug­gested that as­sets seized from drug deal­ers be liq­ui­dated un­der court or­der.

“The liq­ui­dated as­sets would then be used to as­sist as­pects such as drug preven­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and en­force­ment,” he said.

Ear­lier, Zahid, who is also the home min­is­ter, is­sued a warn­ing to VIPs against be­com­ing pa­trons of un­reg­is­tered or il­le­gal so­ci­eties.

He ex­tended his warn­ing to mem­bers of the De­wan Rakyat as well.

“If any­one of them is found to be in­volved, be pre­pared to face the le­gal con­se­quences,” he said in re­ply to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Datuk Seri Hasan Malek (BNKuala Pi­lah), who wanted to know the ac­tion that could be taken against these il­le­gal so­ci­eties ap­point­ing VIPs as pa­trons.

Zahid also said the min­istry was aware of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions mas­querad­ing as re­li­gious bod­ies but were in­volved in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The govern­ment will not com­pro­mise if any of them is found to be act­ing beyond the limit,” he warned.

Not­ing that a to­tal of 23 se­cret so­ci­eties were iden­ti­fied by the govern­ment last year alone, he said: “We will erad­i­cate these so­ci­eties with the co­op­er­a­tion of en­force­ment agen­cies, es­pe­cially the po­lice.”

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Zahid about to chair the Cabi­net Com­mit­tee meet­ing. Also in the com­mit­tee are Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter's Depart­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom and Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed.

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