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close this bookDrug Use and HIV Vulnerability (UNAIDS, 2001, 238 p.)
close this folderChapter 4: Malaysia
close this folderIV. Findings
View the documentA. Patterns of drug use
View the documentB. Epidemiology of drug use
View the documentC. Government responses to drug use
View the documentD. Legislation and application of laws
View the documentE. Evaluation of law enforcement strategies
View the documentF. Risk of HIV infection in prisons
View the documentG. Treatment and rehabilitation
View the documentH. HIV/AIDS

E. Evaluation of law enforcement strategies

A total of 11,361 people were arrested under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, in 1996. A total of 11,361 persons were arrested under Section 39B, Trafficking in Dangerous Drugs. This represents an increase of 48.9 per cent on the previous year. The number arrested under Section 39A, increased penalty where the subject matter is the prescribed amount of certain dangerous drugs, also increased by 9.2 per cent.

It is hoped that the inclusion of methamphetamine under the control of the Dangerous Drugs Act will deter use of this drug. A study on the legitimate use of ephedrine products has also been planned with the view to discontinuing the production and sale of these products if it is found they are not essential for medical purposes. Malaysia is also considering the introduction of more stringent control over amphetamine-type stimulants in order to curtail any possible widespread increases in trafficking and use of these substances.