Drug use rising in Nay Pyi Taw, MP says
DRUG use in the nation’s capital is getting worse, a local MP says. Before a crowded public meeting, Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Kyaw Tint (NLD; Tatkon) flatly contradicted a police spokesperson who said illegal narcotics use was being brought under control.
“We know the true situation,” said the MP, painting a lurid picture of a “rampage” by knife-wielding students and a rash of burglaries fuelled by addiction. He claimed the township lay on a known drugs transportation route.
Security and Border Affairs Minister Lieutenant Commander Min Naung, who is also a member of Nay Pyi Taw Council, told the meeting the government would speed up its antinarcotics efforts and restore the rule of law in Tatkon township, Nay Pyi Taw.
Township MPs and elders, senior police officers, and members of the public had gathered at the town’s Aung San Hall on October 8 to discuss the drugs problem.
The clash erupted when Nay Pyi Taw Police Colonel Zaw Khin Aung responded to complaints from members of the public by saying that drug use had been brought under control, and was falling.
U Kyaw Tint responded, “They say it’s not very serious, but we know the true situation and we agree with the public. Things are very different from what the police colonel says. That has
‘They say it’s not very serious, but we know the true situation and we agree with the public.’
U Kyaw Tint Tatkon township MP
to be said.”
The MP added that police records of drug crimes were inadequate because the problems of drug addicts and their families had received so little publicity. Police records did not reflect the real situation, he said.
The MP had written to Lt Cmdr Min Naung on October 2 asking him to take measures to deal with the situation.
“The drug problem in Tatkon is getting worse and worse. Pin Lung Road, which links Kayah and Shan states, passes through the township. Motorcycle couriers transport drugs along the road and drugs are seized on the road,” he said.
The MP said student addicts were “rampaging” after class, armed with knives. Housebreaking, shoplifting and the theft of motorbikes were being committed by people wanting to finance their drug habit, he said.
The Myanmar Times contacted Lt Cmdr Min Naung and Pol Col Zaw Khin Aung for comment, but received no reply.