Sarawak to combat drug traffickers

KUCHING: The state government has stepped up security at all entry points to curb drug trafficking amid the high number of drug addicts recorded over the past three years.

Assistant Early Childhood Education and Family Development Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said a special task force comprising the police, National Anti-Drugs Agency and other enforcement agencies had been formed to monitor drug trafficking at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complexes and airports.

She said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd would give full cooperation to help enforcement officers in monitoring drug smuggling.

The state’s police narcotics and CID contingents were collaborating with their counterparts in Bukit Aman and West Kalimantan to monitor drug trafficking activities into the state.

“The government is very serious about combating drugs. We have been working hard with the relevant enforcement agencies to fight this drug menace,” Sharifah Hasidah said in reply to a question by Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP-Tanjong Batu) in the state legislative assembly sitting here.

She added that between 2014 and October this year, Sarawak recorded 1,972 registered new drug addicts.

Interestingly, Kapit is the only division that did not register any drug addicts in the past three years.

Kuching recorded the highest number of registered new drug addicts at 624, followed by Miri with 330 and Kota Samarahan at 272.

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