PETALING JAYA: Is there information sharing between the police and drug dealers in the country, Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin asked the Dewan Rakyat today.
He posed this question, claiming there were shops in the country that functioned as fronts for drug dealing activities, but were always found to be closed for business when police conducted checks.
“This was noticed by other shop owners.
“We need to find ways to make this stop. At the moment, those who are caught are ikan bilis (small fry),” he said while debating the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) (Amendment) Bill 2015.
V Sivakumar (DAP-Batu Gajah) also blamed the police for the continuous menace of illegal drug distribution in the country and said, “It is pointless to introduce tougher Acts if the police fail to clean up the place.”
He said he visited a housing area in his constituency and was told by residents that there were some shops being used for drug activities but that they were too afraid to voice out their suspicions.
“They told me that whenever the police patrolled the area, the shops would close, only to be back in business the next day.
“How do the distributors know the police are patrolling the area on that day…is there are a kind of arrangement between the police and the distributors?” he asked, while adding that the death penalty as punishment for drug dealing was obviously not the solution.
“Even if we have a heavy penalty, if the enforcers are not doing their job properly, the problem will not be solved.
“That is because the heavier the penalty, the bigger the corruption,” he remarked, calling for better protection for whistle-blowers who gave information on drug kingpins.