October drug seizure down compared to September

Fatimah (second left) showing the statistics of drugs seized. Also seen (from left) Harden, Rosey, Munawwar Ismail from State Education Department and ASP Rahim Mihos from JSJN. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The amount of drugs seized by enforcement authorities in October has shown a 46.89 percent decrease compared to September, says Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She disclosed that 20.13kg of drugs had been seized in October, compared to 37.9kg in September.

This, she said, consisted of various types of drugs seized by narcotics enforcement agencies, namely the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (JSJN) of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Sarawak and the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) Sarawak.

“Of the drugs seized in October, the type of drugs consisted of 15,000g (15kg) of daun ketum, 3,023.15g (3kg) of ganja, 304.34g (0.3kg) of syabu/methamphetamine, 278.47g (0.27kg) of ketamine, and 1,532.86g (1.5kg) of ecstasy powder.”

She said this at a press conference on the One Stop Committee’s (OSC) monthly report on addressing drug and substance abuse (MIDS) for the month of October at the Baitul Makmur II Building here on today.

“As for drugs in the form of pills, 432 pills were seized in October – 32 Eramin 5 pills, 166 ecstasy pills, and 208 Nospan pills.”

Based on the OSC MIDS October report, the total value of drugs seized that month was RM413,378.17.

Fatimah said that in October, JSJN Sarawak recorded one arrest under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985, and they had seized various types of property worth RM191,146 from drug dealers under the Dangerous Drugs (Forfeiture of Property) Act 1988.

On integrated operations and intervention programmes for drugs and substance issues organised by OSC MIDS at the district level, she said 16 programme series had been implemented in the state throughout October.

“Thus far, 37 districts out of 40 have established District OSC MIDS in Sarawak.”

For the three remaining districts of Kabong, Matu, and Tanjung Manis, she said the aim was to establish their respective district OSC MIDS by the end of the year.

On treatment and rehabilitation, she said throughout October, there were 165 clients at the Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centre (CCRC) by court order, while 24 clients were receiving treatment voluntarily at the Cure and Care Clinic (C&C) Kuching run by the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) Sarawak.

She said the new CCRC located in Jalan Puncak Borneo was expected to commence operations soon, adding that this centre could accommodate 250 clients at any one time – plus anadditional 100 compared to older CCRCs which could accommodate 150 clients at a time.

Fatimah said that in October, 13 clients received treatment at the One Stop Centre for Addiction (OSCA) run by the state health department (JKNS) at Tudan Health Clinic in Miri.

As of Oct 30, she said there were 1,904 People under supervision (OKP) in the state being monitored by AADK Sarawak. 

“The number of OKP showed a reduction of 3.2 percent compared to September. Of the total number of OKPs, 84.4 percent successfully maintained their recovery rate in October.” 

Also present were Assistant Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Rosey Yunus, Assistant Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, and other representatives.