Malaysia sees increase in drug seizures this year

KAJANG (BERNAMA) – There was a 35 per cent increase in drug seizures up to June this year compared to the whole of last year, Malaysian Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin said.

They involved drugs such as cannabis, methamphetamine, ecstasy pills, Erimin 5 and ketum.

“The increase reflects the ongoing efforts taken by enforcement agencies despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of the challenges in curbing the supply of drugs in the market is Malaysia’s position near the Golden Triangle Area such as Thailand, Laos and Myanmar,” he said at the National Drug Addiction Science Symposium 2020 programme yesterday.

Hamzah said in 2019, there was a significant increase in drug and substance abuse, namely ketum leaves (84 per cent), ecstasy pills (85 per cent) and psychotropic pills, cocaine, ketamine and cathinone (over 100 per cent).

“The largest cocaine seizure was also recorded in 2019 at 12 tonnes and worth MYR2.4 billion, believed to be in transit to other countries,” he said.