Penang not a transit hub for drug trafficking, says IGP

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar described as inaccurate the claim by Thai authorities that Penang was a transit hub for drug trafficking. — Bernama pic
IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar described as inaccurate the claim by Thai authorities that Penang was a transit hub for drug trafficking. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the claim by Thai authorities that Penang is a transit hub for drug trafficking is inaccurate.

“Just because drugs come to Penang or two to three people are involved in drugs does not make the state a transit hub for drug trafficking.

“In fact, most of the drug bust in Thailand is a result of cooperation with Malaysian police,” he told reporters at a function to pin ranks on senior police officers at Bukit Aman here, today.

Khalid said the factors that lead to drug activities include the business ties between the people in Penang and the people in southern Thailand.

“We know that these drugs also come from Thailand and brought to southern Thailand before smuggled into Malaysia and then to other countries.

“The Golden Triangle is recognised as among the largest drug producer in the world. This makes Thailand a part of it,” he said when asked to comment on a remark by Southern Thailand Anti-Narcotics Division acting chief, Maj Gen Dussadee Choosankij that Penang is a transit hub for drug trafficking.

In this regard, Khalid said the government was drafting a new policy in facing the drug threat in this country but declined to elaborate on the matter.

Earlier, he witnessed the appointment of Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab as Director of Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS).

Abdul Ghafar replaces Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman who retires tomorrow. — Bernama

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