Felda-style plan mooted for drug addicts

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  • Wednesday, 05 Mar 2003

From the Malay Press

UTUSAN MALAYSIA reported that Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has suggested a settlement similar to the Felda land scheme be set up for hardcore drug addicts to deter them from going back to the habit. 

He said such a settlement or village would help create a conducive environment, where they would live with their families and not have contacts with drug sellers. 

Khir, who is also the president of the Malaysia Youth Council, said the hardcore drug addicts should be trained to fend for themselves by taking up vocational skills in handicraft, painting or farming. 

Utusan also carried a report quoting Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim as saying that not all convicts who were undergoing less than six months' imprisonment would be allowed to do community service instead. 

He said the Constitution allowed those convicted of minor offences to be excluded from undergoing jail terms and do community service instead. 

“The Attorney-General's Chambers, the courts and Home Ministry are looking into various ways of implementing a parole system, including letting convicts do community service,'' he added. Berita Harian reported that four robbers armed with parangs and posing as tourists robbed and injured a tourist guide in a Haadyai-bound bus at the 162nd kilometre of the North South Expressway near Tangkak in Johor. 

In the 9pm incident, the robbers fled with RM2,000 in Thai and Singaporean currencies and jewellery belonging to the passengers of the bus. 

A Thai tourist guide was slashed in the neck. The wound required 22 stitches.  

The bus began its journey in Johor Baru at 7pm and had stopped at the Tangkak rest area as one of the passengers wanted to go to the toilet. 

As the bus was leaving, the four robbers dashed out from the back of the bus and ordered the passengers to hand over their valuables. 

The driver and co-driver put up a struggle, forcing the robbers to flee.  

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