PETALING JAYA: Several measures have been agreed regarding drug-related offences, including amending certain laws after a Law Enforcement Working Committee meeting, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Home Minister, who chaired the meeting on Wednesday (July 10), said the purpose of the committee was to revise all legal matters regarding drug-related issues before they are brought to the Cabinet Committee on Curbing Drugs (JKMD) chaired by the Prime Minister.
“During the meeting, we decided on a few measures. First, the Finance Ministry has allocated RM300mil to purchase 20 cargo-screening machines and they are in the process of acquisition.
“The Health Ministry is also in the midst of amending laws on ketum-related offences, which are expected to be tabled in Parliament in the future while addiction-related offences will be excluded from being registered under the Criminal Registration and Undesirable Person List,” he said.
The committee also agreed on the proposal to amend the Drug Addict Act (Treatment and Rehabilitation) 1983, including redefining drug addicts and users as well as revising the powers and jurisdiction of the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) director-general on the handling of private drug rehabilitation centres and others, he added.
“The suggestion to create a drug addict inmates cluster at 14 prison institutions was also agreed upon. It will involve 19 settlement blocks that can accommodate 9,500 prisoners who were detained under Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
“The project will cost RM285mil,” Muhyiddin said.
Other matters agreed by the committee are AADK's pilot project in curbing drug addiction and social ills at 12 areas, including in Kedah, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur.
Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP, said the working committee is tasked with formulating a drug abuse prevention campaign, which will be spearheaded by AADK at all levels, including state governments.
“The national-level campaign will be launched by the Prime Minister.
“The government is taking the issue of drug abuse very seriously and we realise the constraints faced by AADK in terms of facilities and lack of manpower,” he said.