KUALA LUMPUR: Some 4,282 civil servants have been convicted due to drug-related offences since 2018, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
He said 983 were convicted in 2022, 1,146 in 2021, 724 in 2020, 468 in 2019 and 961 in 2018.
“Prevention programmes such as the Drug-free Workplace (Tekad) programme have been conducted by the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) for both private and public sector workplaces," said Saifuddin.
He added that 28 Tekad programmes were also carried out in government departments nationwide in 2022.
“The Tekad programme creates an environment that supports an integrity-principled workplace while ensuring employees are drug-free,” he said in a written Parliamentary reply to Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee (PN-Beluran) on Thursday (June 8).
Kiandee had asked how many civil servants had been arrested for drug offences in the past five years and the steps taken by the government to resolve this.
Separately, Saifuddin said the ministry and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) are working with the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Legal and Institutional Reforms) on improving the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
“Many aspects were discussed, with both the ministry and PDRM also giving their opinions on this.
“The ministry will consider and study the report and recommendations given before any amendments are made,” he said in a written parliamentary reply to Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Damansara) on Thursday.
Gobind asked about the progress of amendments to Sosma, proposed amendments and when it would be tabled.