drug dealing, despite the shadow of the mandatory death penalty hanging over
Malaysia’s mandatory death penalty on drug-related crime does not appear to
have stopped drug dealers .
In fact, it was the reverse: there has been a steady increase over the last
three years, according to a reply in Parliament.
In a written answer to Bukit Gelugor MP (DAP) Karpal Singh, Home Minister
Hishammuddin Hussein said that 3,845 people had been arrested for drug dealing
“Police statistics for the arrests of drug dealers under Section 39B of the
Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for the past three years (2009 to 2011) have shown an
increase,” he said.
According to him, in 2009, 2,955 people were arrested under this section. In
2010, 3,700 people were arrested.
Karpal had asked if the 1983 amendments to the Act – which would slap serious
drug offenders with capital punishment – had been effective in reducing
To this, Hishammuddin said that the increase was caused by the trade’s ability
to make a lot of money quickly; globalisation, creating a borderless world,
which opened up a space for drug-dealing; and the “easier process” in which
synthetic drugs were made, through the availability of chemical formulas and
Previously, the Bar Council said that 32 countries around the world had death
penalty for drug-related crime.
Of this number, 13 of them still enforced the mandatory death penalty, which
The Bar Council’s president Lim Chee Wee said that most drug traffickers and
dealers were “low-ranking drug mules”, who were the easiest (in the trade) to
He added that there was no proof that the death penalty helped to cut down on
(source: Free Malaysia Today)