PETALING JAYA: Setting aside RM300mil for 20 cargo screening machines and redefining drug addicts and users are among several measures agreed during a meeting on law enforcement on narcotics chaired by Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic).
He said the measures on drug-related offences, including amending certain relevant laws, were made during the Law Enforcement Working Committee meeting.
The purpose of the committee, he added, was to review all legal matters on drug-related issues before they were brought to the Cabinet Committee on Curbing Drugs, which is chaired by the Prime Minister
“During the meeting, several measures were decided on.
“Firstly, the Finance Ministry has allocated RM300mil to purchase 20 cargo screening machines, which 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,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
“Addiction-related offences will be excluded from the Criminal Registration and Undesirable Person List,” he added.
The committee, he said, also agreed 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 director-general on the handling of private drug rehabilitation centres and others.
“The suggestion to create a drug addict inmates cluster in 14 prisons was also agreed upon.
“It will involve 19 settlement blocks that can accommodate 9,500 prisoners detained under Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
“The project will cost RM285mil,” said Muhyiddin.
Other matters agreed upon were the agency’s pilot project in curbing drug addiction and social ills in 12 areas, including in Kedah, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur.
Muhyiddin said the committee was tasked with formulating a drug abuse prevention campaign, to be spearheaded by the agency at all levels, including state governments.
“The launch of the national-level campaign will be done by the Prime Minister.
‘The government is taking the issue of drug abuse very seriously and we realise the constraints faced by the agency in terms of facilities and lack of manpower,” he said.