By Siti Baaqiah Mamat
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 (Bernama) — Pos Malaysia Berhad (PMB) has vowed to clip the wings of drug syndicates which have allegedly gone ‘postal’ to distribute ketum leaves for addicts nationwide, via its PosLaju service.
Already, PMB has begun an internal investigation into allegations that its employees might be in cahoots with the syndicates.
A PMB spokesman said the authorities viewed the allegations seriously and the company did not tolerate employees who violated the law.
“(As such) Pos Malaysia will continue to support and give full cooperation to the authorities (including the police) in the investigations,” he said in a press statement here today.
Ketum leaves boiled in water and drunk are used as cheap alternative to satisfy addicts craving for drugs.
Ketum abuse has seen a rise in many states, including Sabah and Sarawak.
It was reported that Wangsa Maju police had detained a couple last Wednesday, to facilitate investigations into a ketum-processing syndicate, and using PosLaju to courier the leaves.
The suspects are aged 26 and 44.
The police have not ruled out the possibility of PosLaju employees linked to syndicates involved in the courier of ketum leaves for addicts.
Meanwhile, Pos Malaysia said currently, there were existing legislations which prohibit and/or control the handling, transportation and/or possession of the ketum leaf which falls within the Poisons List issued by the health minister, in accordance with the power accorded under Section 6 of the Poison Act 1952.
It urged the public to report any information on suspected illicit activity and mistreatment of postal articles via its Customer Care at 1-300-300-300.
In August, Home Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said ketum leaf abuse had gone out of control in the country.
“It can cause hardcore addiction and we are taking steps to check the problem,” he had said after opening a seminar on ketum leaf abuse at Universiti Sains Malaysia.– BERNAMA