Malaysian youth using synthetic drugs in Danok a worrying trend

Apr 18, 2017
Many Malaysian youths are crossing the Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint to enter the Thailand border town, Danok, to use synthetic drugs and for other purposes.

The trend of youths including students bringing in synthetic drugs for entertainment in the small town of Danok in Thailand has reached distressing levels.

Kedah Border Security Agency (Aksem) commander Abdul Latif Abd Rahman said based on the agency’s statistics, 99% of the drug seizures involved youths aged between 19 and 30.

“Most of them were nabbed trying to bring in drugs such as syabu and Erimin into Danok and we believe the drugs are used for themselves and their friends waiting on the other side,” he told Bernama.

He said the trend was very worrying considering the youths mostly comprised higher learning institutes’ students, who could easily go to the town less than one kilometre away from the country’s border.

“With just US$2.26 (RM10), they could obtain a border pass and put up a night in Danok for entertainment and other purposes,” he said.

Abdul Latif said as at March this year, Kedah Aksem had recorded a drug haul worth a total US$5,748 (RM25,350) and all the cases involved youths.

Acknowledging the worrying trend, Kedah National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) director Mohammad Nazer Mustafa said integrated operations conducted frequently found youths going to Danok during weekends.

He said there were 105 drug cases among school students as at March this year compared to 344 cases for the whole of last year and 374 in 2015, and 90% of the cases involved syabu.