PUTRAJAYA, (Sept 8) — Malaysia and United Kingdom (UK) will enhance cooperation in tackling cross-border crime, which includes white-collar crime and drug syndicate, as well as in managing drug addict rehabilitation programme in prison, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
“I was informed that the UK government has managed to reduce white-collar crime which costs 26 billion in 2013.
“This is indeed a large amount and if we were to take the same action, it will benefit our country too,” he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from Acting British High Commissioner to Malaysia Ray Kyles here Monday.
Ahmad Zahid said white-collar crime was also on the rise in the country as the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Criminal Investigation Department had seized assets and properties worth RM1.081 billion last year compared to only RM850 million in 2012.
He said Malaysian and UK governments had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purpose in 2012, but it was not widely implemented, let alone showing significant impact.
During the meeting, Ahmad Zahid said he and Kyles also agreed to share information and adopt new methods to prevent children and teenagers from falling into drug pusher’s trap, as well as in the implementation of effective drug addict rehabilitation programme for the long run.
He said these efforts were vital since there were children as young as nine years old who fell victim to drug abuse.
“We have discussed several methods that can be adopted to ensure that there will be no schoolchildren being preyed upon by drug pushers, especially in the black areas identified as drug hotspots.
“So much so, rehabilitation efforts will not only need exchanged visits and information, but also several new approaches, especially for long-term rehabilitation,” he added. — BERNAMA