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Malaysia Declares War on Club Drugs

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, April 25, 2005
Officials from the Malaysian Drug Prevention Association declared all-out war against club drugs this week, warning they'll be cracking down hard on any and all nightspots where revellers are suspected of misbehaving.

Local police chief Datuk Mohd Najib Abdul Aziz stressed drug-using celebrities and off duty cops will also face jail if detected in the raids, which he promised will happen imminently.

"We have already compiled a list of nightclubs involved in such activities nationwide and are waiting for the right time to strike," the Deputy Commissioner told the Malaysia Star. "No one will be spared."

In recent years Malaysia has become one of the top global destinations for superstar DJs though in the last year a number of clubs have been raided in high profile swoops.

One such club was the Techno Discotheque in Bandar Sri Damansara, where in the early hours of New Years Day this year, narcotics cops drug-tested everybody present, arresting and jailing 261 clubbers after they tested positive for E. Revellers risk the death penalty if caught with even relatively small amounts of drugs while pot smoking visitors could face problems if they smoke a joint within six weeks of visiting the country.

"You could be asked to take a urine test on arrival in Malaysia if you are suspected of having used drugs before your visit," Britain's Foreign Office warn on their website. "Should the test prove positive, you could be referred for rehabilitation treatment or be deported."

Meanwhile in the Philippines, two women were sentenced to death this week after being busted by undercover cops in possession of 200 pills. Emmalyn de la Serna, 30, and Reggie Medenceles, 31 now face execution by lethal injection, the Philippines Star reported, in the country's first such trial for ecstasy supply.