KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 –The Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 needs to be improved in line with current developments so that efforts by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to eliminate drug abuse can be carried out more effectively.
Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN) director Datuk Razarudin Husain said the improvements that needed to be done included reducing the weight of drugs that can be charged under Section 39 B of the law and also charging those involved in drug trafficking under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLA) 2001.
“Currently, under Section 39 B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, the weight is 15 grams for heroin and 50 grams for Methamphetamine for offenders to be given the death penalty and life imprisonment. There is a need for the weight of Methamphetamine or syabu to be reduced to 15 grams or lower.
“This is because Methamphetamine or syabu is the most seized drug currently, compared to ketamine, cannabis, and heroin … when the Dangerous Drugs Act was formulated, heroin was the drug that was most smuggled into the country. I believe by doing this we will be able to eliminate the drug traffickers,” he told Bernama here.
Razarudin said the proposal had been submitted by PDRM to the Home Ministry through the legal division.
He said during the first eight months of this year, PDRM had seized 18 tonnes of drugs, an increase of 80 percent compared with the corresponding period last year, which was 10.5 tonnes.
“Most of the drugs seized were Methamphetamine which is popular among local drug users,” he added.
According to Razarudin, the Methamphetamine drug is also exported to third countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Greece, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, and Korea.
He said the high price and demand for the drug in those countries made the local syndicate take the opportunity to export the banned substance.
“For example, from information obtained, a kilogram of Methamphetamine that was bought by a local syndicate for RM30,000 from a syndicate from the golden triangle can be sold for up to 200,000 Australian Dollars in Australia,” he added.
He said the close cooperation between PDRM and foreign anti-drug agencies had to some extent managed to curb the activities of the smuggling syndicate.
Razarudin hoped that the JSJN personnel could be increased in line with the increase in seizures and cases involving drugs that were recorded every day.
“Currently, the number of personnel at JSJN is only about 4.7 percent of the total number of PDRM members, and we have applied for an additional 2,000 members,” he added.