Drug use ris­ing in Nay Pyi Taw, MP says

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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.

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