Home Ministry: Law to be amended to place drug addicts in rehab instead of jail


KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry will amend laws for drug addicts to be placed in National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) rehabilitation centres instead of prisons, says Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Mohamed Said.

The Deputy Home Minister told the Dewan Rakyat that the Ministry would amend the Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983 into the Drug and Substance Abuse Act to place drug addicts in National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) rehabilitation centres instead of prisons.

"God willing, the law will be tabled soon. We are currently still at the study stage and will work out all the details," he said in reply to a supplementary question from Nurul Izzah Anwar (PH-Permatang Pauh) during Question Time.

Nurul Izzah had asked the ministry about its long-term plan to ensure drug addicts are not placed in prison and placed in the Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centres (CCRC) for more effective rehabilitation.

To the initial question by Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong (GPS-Hulu Rajang) on the areas in Sarawak with the most arrests for drug abuse, Ismail said Kuching was the highest with 1,499.

"Based on information gathered by the police, AADK, Health Ministry and private drug rehabilitation centres, Sarawak recorded 3,998 cases of drug abuse and drug addicts in the first quarter of 2020, with the Kuching recording the highest number of arrests at 1,499, ” he said.

He also noted that the police would cooperate with other agencies and ministries to stop drug smuggling, among others.

"We will identify and take action against those smuggling drugs into our country.

"I am confident that our agencies such as the police and Rela will continue with their operations and bring the culprits to justice," he said.

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