KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Bung Mokhtar Radin said Malaysia should emulate the stern policies initiated by the Philippine Government under President Rodrigo Duterte in its fight against drugs.
The Kinabatangan Barisan Nasional lawmaker said this as he claimed that the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) has failed in its task.
Speaking while debating the Home Ministry’s Budget 2018 allocation, Bung said that the AADK should be abolished as it is a waste of time and resources.
“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,” he said.
“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 said.
His remark appeared to stun the Opposition as several MPs got up and asked if he was being serious.
“I am very serious. I support this if it’s for the benefit of the country. We do not want a country filled with lifeless people,” he said.
The Philippine Drug War has been criticised locally and internationally for its summary executions which have caused thousands of deaths due to the police operations.
It was reported that more than 14,000 people have been killed in the drug war from the time the policy was put in place to March this year.