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Drug syndicates may hit schools if not stopped

KUALA LUMPUR: Drug syndicates in the country, if not stopped, would ply their illicit trade at secondary or even primary schools.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said currently, drug syndicates focus on selling their substance to university students.
"Right now we believe they (syndicates) are selling it to university students. We think their next aim is to sell it to secondary school students.
"If we do not stop the syndicates, it is possible for them to even sell it to primary school students," said Jazlan who is also the Pemadam president after launching the Retreat Anak Muda Penggerak Pemadam here.
He said while the number of university students involved with drugs are not worrying, age group of addicts could get younger if anti-drugs initiatives were not executed immediately.
"A survey last year showed that out of 2,400 univeristy students tested for drugs, only three per cent proven positive."
Nur Jazlan also said he disagree with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's stand in making corruption the number one enemy of the country as there are more people being charged for drug-related offences than graft.
He said out of the total 90,000 prisoners in the country, some 50,000 were sent to jail for drug-related cases with 78 per cent of them aged between 19 and 39.
"I disagree with MACC. Drugs should be the country's number one enemy."
Nur Jazlan said to tackle the issue, Pemadam planned to get more university students involved with Pemadam clubs set up in 30 universities nationwide.

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