Bukit Aman flushing out cops with drug problems

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman is in the midst of “flushing out” police personnel embroiled in drug abuse and drug-related offences, says Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd.

The Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director said inspections and urine tests are being conducted at the federal headquarters along with every state contingent spearheaded by the department.

“We want to send a strong signal to all cops that we mean business.

“There is no place for those who are involved in drugs ... they are not welcome,” he told The Star.

As law enforcers, it is unacceptable for police personnel to be drug addicts, Comm Mohd Khalil said.

“How do we expect to administer law and order if our own men are involved in crimes?” he said.

He was commenting on Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador’s statement that no fewer than 30 police personnel were detained for drug abuse this year.

“We will focus on our ‘flushing out’ effort as stringent checks are being conducted,” he said.

On the enforcement front, the NCID is currently zeroing in on the “tokan” (drug pushers) of syndicates in a special operation codenamed Ops Ice-Breaker, Comm Mohd Khalil noted.

“Before we can catch the kingpin, we must get the lower-level syndicate members,” he said.

National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said they are willing to assist the police in weeding out those involved in drug abuse.

“The police may have their own departments such as NCID which conduct checks on drug abuse among their personnel but we are ever ready to assist them,” he said.

The agency is currently conducting the Drug-Free Work Place (Tekad) programme for the public and private sectors, he added.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye called on the government to revisit its policies in order to curb drug-related offences in the country.

“There must be a more sustainable and effective way to tackle this problem.

“At the same time, the police force must also be supplied with the latest gadgets and weapons as criminals are becoming more sophisticated,” he said.

Lee commended the IGP for his statement on the involvement of his men in drug abuse, calling it a step in the right direction.

“He did not sugar coat the fact that actions had been taken on his men who were high on drugs,” he said.
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