Wednesday, March 05, 2003

US praises Malaysia’s anti-trafficking efforts

WASHINGTON: Malaysia’s anti-narcotics officials and police officers have received the thumbs-up from the Bush administration.
The annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2002, released here on Monday, speaks of them as “competent” and noted that they “have the full support of senior government officials.”
Malaysian police, it says, have continued to investigate and prosecute narcotics crimes vigorously, identifying abusers and traffickers, and limiting the distribution, sale and financing of illicit drugs in the country.
The report points out that Malaysia does not produce a significant amount of illicit drugs.
“Some heroin and opium from the nearby Golden Triangle area transit Malaysia, but there is little evidence that a significant amount of this heroin reaches the US market,” it says.
“Co-operation with the United States on combating drug trafficking is excellent,” it adds, noting that US law enforcement agencies will continue to co-operate with the Malaysian authorities to monitor drugs transiting Malaysia.
The report says the US government will continue to pursue the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with Malaysia.
Such a treaty will assist US law enforcement personnel in obtaining information and investigative assistance from their Malaysian counterparts.
Last year, Parliament passed legislation that allows Malaysia to enter into negotiations with the United States on the treaty.
An extradition treaty between the US and Malaysia came into force in 1997 but has not yet been tested. – Bernama