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Malaysia: Three foreigners sentenced to death for drug trafficking from Jan-April 2011
The Malay Mail
Tuesday 14 Jun 2011
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said within the same period, 208 foreigners were arrested and 149 of them charged in court for committing the offence under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
"The government is very serious about combating drug trafficking activities in and outside the country," he said in reply to a question from Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn (BN-Alor Gajah) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Fong had also asked that the Home Ministry inform how Malaysians could get involved in international drug trafficking, where the drugs worth millions came from and action taken by the ministry to check the problem.
Abu Seman said last year, 499 arrests were made with 260 foreigners charged in court for the offence and 37 ordered to be sent to the gallows.
In 2009, 225 arrests were made and all of them charged, while 24 received the death sentence. In 2008, there were 227 arrests made, with 27 charged and eight sentenced to death.
Abu Seman said the huge profit was the main factor that motivated locals to be involved in drug trafficking while the drug mules were fooled by syndicates into smuggling drugs overseas with the promise of free holidays and attractive job opportunities.
He said the trend now was that the drug mules were aware of the offence but took the risk anyway due to financial pressure which they wished to solve with the good payment given by the syndicates for smuggling drugs.
There were also syndicates which used force and threats on locals to be their drug mules, he added.
Abu Seman said based on intelligence, synthetic drugs like syabu were brought into this country from Iran and Africa, yaba from Thailand and Myanmar, Eramin 5 from Taiwan and ketamine from India.
Traditional drugs like heroin and cannabis, he said, were brought in from Thailand, heroin No. 4 from Pakistan and cocaine from South America.
Abu Seman said among the measures taken by the authorities including the police and Customs and Immigration departments to combat drug trafficking were stringent checks at the country's airports and border entry/exit points.
He said the police also gave briefings to the airport and airline managers and other personnel on the modus operandi of drug traffickers and international drug syndicates.
The police, he added, also worked with the Immigration Department to obtain the profile of air passengers suspected of being drug couriers, besides taking action against drug syndicates under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.
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