Follow Duterte, shoot drug dealers and jail drug addicts: Malaysian MP

Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin said yesterday (Nov 28) that Malaysia should take the lead from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and detain drug addicts without trial and shoot drug dealers.

While debating the Home Ministry’s Budget 2018 allocation, he argued that the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) should be abolished for it was no more than a waste of time and resources, reported The Star.

He cited the ever increasing number of drug addicts as an example, and said: “The AADK has failed in carrying out their responsibility. Every year, there is an increased number of drug addicts although drugs are the country’s number one enemy”.

“Why can’t we follow the Philippines? We could just detain the drug addicts without trial and shoot the drug dealers, so our country is free from them”.

He added that letting the drug problem fester would lead to the country being filled with “those who are lifeless, drastically weak and lacking in ideas”.

But his proposal was shot down by Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed who said that it would run contrary to international norms as well as against human rights, reported Free Malaysia Today.

“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”.

This was not the first time that the Umno MP took such a stance. He made a similar argument last year when debating the 2016 National Anti-Drugs Agency Bill, but it was shot down then as well.