General : Government Plans New Body To Check Drug Trafficking

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) — The government, via the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), plans to form a new body to check drug trafficking in the country, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said a report on the new body is expected to be completed within three months and will be submitted to the Cabinet committee next March.

“I have asked PDRM to provide details of the strategies and plans to check drug trafficking on land (road), sea, and air and at checkpoints.

“Only then, can we assign police officers who have the expertise and knowledge to read the body language of drug traffickers,” he said in reply to a question from Senator To’ Puan Zaitun Mat Amin.

Wan Junaidi said the number of drug addicts from January to September this year was at 13,787 people.

Of the total, the Malays were the highest with 10,910 drug addicts followed by the Chinese with 1,099 drug addicts.

“Male drug addicts accounted for 13,380 while female drug addicts accounted for 407. The 25 to 29 years age group has 2,564 drug addicts while the 20 to 24 years age group has 2,242 drug addicts.”

Replying to a question from Senator Datuk Ng Chiang Chin, he said a total of 28,450 illegal immigrants and 486 employers were detained in Ops Bersepadu Fasa 1 from Oct 2011 until Dec 9 this year (yesterday).


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