PADANG BESAR – Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man has reiterated that he will not allow the planting of ketum trees in Perlis in efforts to curb social problems caused by the abuse of the plant.
Azlan said he would strive to ensure that the abuse of ketum leaves be placed under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
“Actually, I don’t want want to see even a ketum tree to be planted in Perlis but what can we do, the law still permits the planting of the ketum.
“The government has to spend a lot of money in dealing with cases involving ketum and the increase in crime cases due to the abuse of the plant,” he told reporters after handing over land ownership titles to 166 recipients in Beseri, near here today.
On the granting of the titles, Azlan said the state government would try to expedite the process of approving land ownership applications that had been submitted for more than five years.
He said until last year, the state government had issued ownership titles to over 1,000 applications which exceeded 10 years.
Meanwhile, Azlan urged government agencies in the state to continue working together through the National Blue Ocean Strategy in discharging their responsibilities to implement development projects by taking into account the Perlis Budget 2018 which was tabled in December last year. – BERNAMA