The arrest of a teacher over the weekend for allegedly pushing drugs has raised concern with Sarawak opposition chief Baru Bian, who now wants police to probe further if the teacher had sold drugs to his students.
The teacher was picked up by police along with an accomplice in Lawas on Saturday.
The more worrying question raised, Baru told the Borneo Post, was whether the teacher was selling drugs to students. Baru represents Ba’Kelalan in the Sarawak Assembly.
Telling police to be more serious about the drug problem in Lawas, Baru urged the Commissioner of Police to send a special team there to talk to the people and find out what was happening in the town and villages.
“Border control must be stepped up to stem the tide of drugs from Sabah,” he said.
Baru, who is also PKR Sarawak chairman and a lawyer, referred to media reports on the availability of syabu at the vegetable market for RM50 per straw. According to reports, pushers encouraged students to sell the drugs to their classmates.
The opposition chief cited two recent media reports in particular, “Drugs Ruin Lawas reputation as northern gateway” and “Drugs abuse rampant but no flesh trade”. Both reports were produced by the Borneo Post Adventure Team (BAT).
Baru said he had raised the drug problem many times in the Sarawak Assembly and in public.
He recalled that in 2012, when he first said that drugs were easily available at the vegetable market, the police denied the claim and demanded evidence instead.
The people in Lawas organised an Anti-Dadah Day in 2014 as they were aware of the extent of the problem and were very concerned, he said.
“The information I have received so far is extremely disturbing. Syabu is freely sold in the villages.”
Lawas police chief DSP Abang Zainal Abidin Abang Ahmad said the duo nabbed last Saturday with drugs planned to sell them in Kalimantan.
Zainal said police have tracked their operations for months.
A 33-year-old secondary school teacher and a 36-year-old male accomplice were nabbed by police with 27.7 grammes of Syabu worth RM4,000.
The drugs were found in the armrest of a car along Merapok Road. Both also tested positive for amphetamines.
Source : FMT Reporters Online