More than 100 policemen test positive for drugs: Malaysian IGP

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – More than 100 police officers have tested positive for drugs in an operation conducted in every police contingent in Malaysia since August 13, said Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador on Tuesday.

He said he was shocked by the number of policemen whose urine tests in Ops Blue Devil were positive for various drugs particularly syabu, indicating that drug abuse in the police force was at a critical and serious level.

Of the 100 addicts traced in the operation between August 13 and Tuesday, 86 tested positive for syabu, six for amphetamines and opiates, two for cannabis (ganja) and one for ketamine.

“If PDRM personnel who are given the responsibility and trust to enforce the law, are themselves involved in such activities, what is going to happen to the country,” he told Bernama News Channel.

Referring to the previous incidence of drug abuse among the police force in Latin America, Abdul Hamid said a thorough drug eradication effort must be undertaken in Malaysia and in this connection, the operation to trace errant personnel would continue, with instructions already given to the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd to continue the operation.

The police chief noted that some personnel involved in drug abuse were also suspected of committing extortion and bribery, with foreign workers being their victims.

Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador. – PHOTO: BERNAMA