KUALA LUMPUR: Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin has proposed that Malaysia follow the example set by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte by shooting drug dealers to help curb the menace in the country.
The Umno MP said the scourge of drug trafficking was overwhelming when Duterte assumed control of the Philippines in June last year, but the problem has since been almost eradicated.
“After President Duterte came in, it can be said that there is a zero-drug situation in the Philippines.
“Why don’t we follow the Philippine way? Why not?” he said, adding that drug addicts should be imprisoned without trial and the dealers shot.
“What is the problem?” he told the Dewan Rakyat in his speech during the debate on the Budget 2018 allocation for the home ministry today.
Bung said if the drug problem was allowed to fester, it would cripple the country’s future generations.
Ramkarpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) stood up to ask if Bung was serious about suggesting such a measure against drug dealers.
Bung replied that he was indeed serious because it was for the good of the nation and society.
“We do not want our country to be filled with those who are lifeless, drastically weak and lacking in ideas,” he said.
He cited Ramkarpal as an example of someone who was intelligent and full of ideas as he did not take drugs.
“You are not an addict. You are bright like me. That is what we want. This is the kind of future that we want.
“Go visit the Philippines now and see how great the country has become,” Bung said, adding that the shooting of drug dealers was also practised in China.
Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed then said the proposal ran counter to international norms, and that the government did not want to undertake a measure that could affect human rights.
“If such action is taken in Malaysia, it would bring various implications, including sanctions on our economy and so on by the United Nations and other world bodies,” he said.
Nur Jazlan added that the Philippine government had recently decided that all drug enforcement activities be transferred from the hands of the police to its anti-drug agency.
He said this was likely because of pressure from international circles following allegations that the police had been involved in shooting down numerous people linked to drugs there.
Last month, Duterte demoted the police force from assuming the lead role in his controversial drug war, placing the responsibility with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Under Duterte, the former mayor of Davao, police have reportedly killed more than 3,900 “drug personalities”. Another 2,290 people have died in unsolved “drug-related” killings, government figures show.
On Oct 7, Nur Jazlan said schoolchildren in 420 schools across Malaysia had been identified by the police and the education ministry as being at high risk of serious drug abuse.
He said random tests conducted on 36,675 schoolchildren in 2015 had found that 1,475 showed positive results for drugs.