PETALING JAYA: For the villagers of Uma Baha, Sg Asap in Belaga, Sarawak, waiting for the authorities to take action on the drug abuse and trafficking in their area seemed an exercise in futility.
Community leader Tony Kulleh told The Borneo Post that nothing had been done to curb the issue, which was getting worse by the day.
This led a group of over 10 men comprising Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) and Rela personnel to take matters into their own hands.
According to the report, the group raided several huts used as drug dens in an oil palm plantation there and confiscated an assortment of apparatus for processing drugs.
Several machetes and other sharp objects were also seized in the raid.
Once they had raided the huts, the men burnt them down to prevent drug pushers from continuing to operate there, Tony told The Borneo Post.
“As of now, we suspect that more than 30 of our youths are already drug dependent and if we don’t do anything, we will be in deeper trouble. So we have no choice but to take matters into our own hands,” he was quoted as saying.
Belaga police chief DSP Melay Tingom told the daily that a 29-year-old Indonesian man had been picked up from Sg Asap on Monday.
He also asked the locals to continue cooperating with the police to tackle the drug issue there.
Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Water Supplies Liwan Lagang told the authorities to “buck up”, otherwise the situation would go “out of control” as the locals would take the law into their own hands due to lack of enforcement.