ALLOW me to commend The Star’s R.AGE team for the exclusive six-part series on the Malaysian drug trade. It was an eye-opening series that I read with concern as I have a teenage daughter and two more younger daughters.
As much as my husband and I try to educate them on what’s right and wrong, they, as with all teenagers, can be easily influenced.
I admit that I did not know such drug syndicates existed freely and seem to have quite a strong presence here in Malaysia, preying on innocent and gullible teenagers and taking advantage of social media to recruit them.
I am certain that even though some teenagers may not have ended up as drug mules, they may have been threatened or terrorised by the people running these drug syndicates.
But my real concern is over the way the authorities are tackling this menace. There are teenagers in prison whose families are risking life and limb to provide valuable information in order for the authorities to take the necessary action to nab the individuals running the cartels, but no one wants to even meet them.
It is most disappointing to note that even the Malaysian Consulate officers in Hong Kong did not take the trouble to meet the imprisoned youngsters there or helped the families concerned.
From what I gathered, some of the parents did not even know where their child was until much later. These are Malaysian citizens, are they not deserving of help?
As a mother, my heart aches for the parents of these children who do not know who to turn to and how to help their child after perhaps several months of not even knowing their whereabouts. These teenagers too must be terrified, living in prison cells with hardened criminals.
It took a foreign prison chaplain, Father John Wotherspoon, to help bring this disturbing situation to light, but without help from the Malaysian authorities, it will persist.
Pakatan Harapan, it’s time to step up your game. If you are indeed serious about protecting the future of Malaysia, then please take action and ensure that these drug cartels that prey on innocent young Malaysians are eliminated. Someone is obviously shielding these cartels, otherwise how can they be so bold?
Please, let’s have no more bickering about race, religion, sex videos and etc. Most of us ordinary citizens are tired and want to see improvements. We have more pressing issues. Enough is enough. Our young are being preyed upon and we need to know that they will be safe in this country.
Thank you for the expose, R.AGE, and keep up the good work.