Malaysia proposes softening drug laws

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia has proposed removing criminal penalties for possession and use of drugs in small amounts, a move medical group said will help addicts break a “cycle of imprisonment and poverty”. The Southeast Asian country currently has tough anti-drugs laws – those caught with relatively small quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine may be charged with drug-trafficking and face the death penalty. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin