MIRI (Bernama) – The Malaysian gover-nment is looking into the possibility of equipping smaller airports in Sabah and Sarawak with high-tech scanners to beef up enforcement against drug smuggling, Malaysia’s Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said yesterday.
He said the government needed to act quickly on this as drug smugglers were changing their tactic and smuggling drugs through smaller airports with no scanning facilities.
“It will be top priority and I will propose to the top officials of the Finance Ministry to study the matter,” he said.
Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad was reported as saying on Tuesday that smaller airports in Sarawak and Sabah were now being targeted by drug smugglers for transporting drugs as these airports had no scanning facilities and faced a shortage of manpower.
KL International Airport (KLIA) Customs Director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim was also reported as saying that the Mulu Airport in Sarawak was suspected to be among the entry points for drug smugglers because it did not have a scanning machine.
Chik Omar said Customs officers seized a bag with 5.3kg of drugs worth RM1 million on January 29 as it was transiting here on the way from Lagos, Nigeria, to Mulu.