KUCHING – Kelantan police have been ordered to step up efforts in combating drug smuggling from a neighbouring country, especially in the aspects of investigation and surveillance over ‘rat trails’ along the border areas.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he himself had set certain key performance indicators (KPI) for the Kelantan police chief to take more drastic action in preventing the entry of the prohibited substance into the country.
He said he had on several occasions voiced his concern over the smuggling of drugs such as “pil kuda” (methamphetamine) from the neighbouring country, which according to him, not only involved Kelantan but had also spread to Terengganu and Pahang.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was speaking to reporters at the VIP Room, Kuching International Airport, here, today at the end of his working visit to Sarawak.
He said he had also instructed the Kelantan police Narcotics CID to work closely with the state government in stamping out the drug menace in the state.
Ahmad Zahid who arrived here two days ago, had visited Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg at the latter’s official residence on Sunday and on Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan yesterday in conjunction with Aidilfitri, besides visiting Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah in conjunction with Gawai Dayak.
The deputy prime minister said tackling the drug menace did not merely involve joint efforts between the state and federal governments, but it also required the participation of other parties such as the National Anti-Drugs Agency and the public.
Ahmad Zahid said he had also before held discussions with Thailand’s deputy prime minister (Somkid Jatusripitak) in drawing up programmes under the General Border Committee, and with the Defence Ministry and a number of sub-committees towards increasing anti-drug smuggling activities along the border of the two neighbouring countries. – BERNAMA