KUCHING – The abuse of drugs is still the nation’s number one enemy, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
He said the emergence of numerous types of new drugs from neighbouring countries like the Philippines and Myanmar apart from China and Africa also threatened national security and contributed to the increase in smuggling and distributing activities and abuse of drugs among Malaysian youths.
“These activities must be eradicated because they can destroy society and the country if they reach an epidemic level,” he said at the Sarawak-level Anti-drugs Day at Kampung Santubong near here, Saturday.
Junaidi said the United Nation’s Office On Drugs And Crime report issued on May 20, 2014, said Asia was the biggest market for Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS) in the world.
“Seizures of syabu (an ATS) tripled in five years, touching 36 metric tonnes. The hike in demand for syabu and the emergence of new types of psychoactive drugs in the Asian market is due to the presence of large scale processing centres in China, Myanmar and Philippines.
Junaidi said the records of the National Anti-Drugs Agency indicated the number of drug addicts detected between 1998 to 2013 was 365,945 people.
He said, according to the World Health Organisation, for every drug addict detected, there would be four other addicts behind him, or a ratio of 1:4.
“This means that the number of drug addicts in the country is roughly 1.46 million people,” he added. – BERNAMA