KUALA KLAWANG: Inmates of the Jelebu drug rehabilitation centre in Titi, near here, are free to move about and some have indulged in making illegal brew, Chennah state assemblyman Datuk Lim Yong alleged.
They seem to be having a field day brewing alcohol beverages by fermentation process, he said, responding to a report in a Malay daily that there were similar occurrences at two centres near Raub in Pahang.
These inmates are clever and have their own formula of brewing alcohol, he said yesterday.
Lim blamed the lack of security at the centres as giving the leeway for the inmates to roam freely and often, illegally harvesting nearby orchards owned by local farmers.
He commended the Malay daily for reporting on Monday about the goings-on at the Cheroh and Sungai Ruan rehabilitation centres and quoting district police chief Supt Ibrahim Mohd Aris as saying that the authorities at the two centres were afraid of taking action against the culprits.
Drug rehabilitation centres in the country come under the National Drugs Agency, which manages 28 centres with a total capacity of more than 11,000 inmates.
The same problem is occurring here because the centre lacks the manpower to monitor the movement of the inmates, said Lim.
He said the local farmers complained that the inmates were using their yields to make the illegal beverage.
Meanwhile, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan told a press conference that the security at the rehabilitation centre should be tightened at once.
Mohamad said he has been informed about the situation at the Jelebu centre, where some 281 inmates had reportedly escaped in the first seven months of this year.
Last year, 371 escaped while in 2002 some 256 also fled from the centre.
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