KUALA LUMPUR: The government is now looking into more than just placing drug dealers behind bars as drug abuse among students continues to rise.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Cabinet Committee on Drug Eradication has proposed for the seizure and liquidation of assets belonging to convicted drug dealers in a meeting today.
“The committee has agreed to strengthen the enforcement and rehabilitation efforts in our battle against drug abuse,” he told reporters in a press conference at the Parliament lobby here today.
“I have instructed the relevant agencies to look into changing the conventional methods of combating drug abuse with something that is more effective.
“(And) among the proposals presented was for all assets of convicted drug dealers to be liquidated.
“The revenue we make from selling these assets will be channelled into enforcement and rehabilitation efforts.”
The proposal came in light of research done by the Health Ministry, which found that 4 per cent of over 35,000 Form 1 to Form 6 students have experimented with drugs.
The highest number came from Kedah with 274 students, followed by Kelantan and Perak with 197 and 180 respectively, said Zahid, who is also the home minister.
Over 74 per cent of these students were found to have taken methamphetamine, while 20 per cent experimented with cannabis.
He added that the committee would meet again in the next 30 days, and that eight ministries involving over 20 agencies would work together to combat the ever-growing drug menace.
“Drug dealers are getting these students to become addicts in order to expand their market.
“(So) society, parents especially, should not just depend on drug enforcement and rehabilitation agencies to stop their children from using drugs.”