Ministry of the Interior: Law to be amended to put drug addicts in rehabilitation instead of in prison

KUALA LUMPUR: The Interior Ministry will change laws for drug addicts to be placed in National Drug Agency (AADK) rehabilitation centers instead of prisons, says Dr. Ismail Mohamed Said of Datuk Seri.

The Deputy Interior Minister told Dewan Rakyat that the ministry would change the 1983 Employee (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act to the Drug and Substance Abuse Act to place drug addicts in National Drug Agency rehabilitation centers ( AADK) instead of in prisons.

“God willing, the law will be presented soon. We are currently still in the study phase and will work out all the details,” he said in response to a supplementary question from Nurul Izzah Anwar (PH-Permatang Pauh) during Question Time.

Nurul Izzah had asked the ministry for his long-term plan to ensure that drug addicts are not put in jail and placed in Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centers (CCRC) for more effective rehabilitation.

Asked by Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong (GPS-Hulu Rajang) initially about the areas in Sarawak with the highest number of drug abuse arrests, Ismail said Kuching was the highest with 1,499.

“Based on information gathered by the police, the AADK, the Ministry of Health and private drug rehabilitation centers, Sarawak recorded 3,998 cases of drug abuse and drug addicts in the first quarter of 2020, with Kuching having recorded the highest number of arrests with 1,499, “he said.

He also noted that the police will work with other agencies and ministries to stop drug trafficking, among others.

“We will identify and take action against drug smuggling in our country.

“I am confident that our agencies such as the police and ilrel will continue with their operations and bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.

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