Muhyiddin meets S'pore minister on decriminalisation of drug addiction

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Singapore have met to discuss several issues, including the decriminalisation of drug addiction.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said both countries shared their experiences and touched on future cooperation on security issues.

"We want to know the way forward on the matter. At the moment, our stand is not all who are in prison due to drugs are offenders.

"Some may not be well. That is why we have decided (to look at) the way forward in terms of their welfare," he told reporters at the parliament lobby after receiving a courtesy call from Singapore's Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

It was reported that the proposal to decriminalise drug addiction and possession for personal use was still under discussion at ministry level.

Muhyiddin, however, said the government would continue with existing penalties when it came to serious drug-related offences.

"If they are under treatment, we will help them – but in serious cases, we will continue with the punishment meted out by the court," he said.

During the discussion, Malaysia also conveyed Malaysia's stand on the issue of mandatory death penalty and giving judges the discretion in meting out punishment.

Muhyiddin said they also discussed the issue of border security.

"I personally raised the need to set up a central system or border force at our borders to ease all sorts of issues there," he added.

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