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Malaysian drug pushers using WhatsApp, WeChat to sell, recruit students

Country’s anti-drug agency says groups are made up of friends from the same neighbourhood or school

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 February, 2017, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Friday, 03 February, 2017, 12:49pm

By Zuliaty Zulkifli

Social media applications WhatsApp and WeChat are increasingly being used as a medium to push drugs to school-going children in Malaysia, said the National Anti-Drug Agency (Nada).

Nada assistant enforcement director Suhaimi Abu Bakar said the finding was made following an investigation carried out on schoolchildren who were detained for various drug offences.

“Our investigation showed that the social media apps are being used to sell (or seek) drugs…,” Suhaimi told newsmen at the end of a Border Operation at the country’s Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex.

He was commenting on the case of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed his younger sister while under the influence of drugs in the district of Sik recently.

According to Suhaimi, the agency also identified school children being recruited to sell drugs, who create WhatsApp groups to help increase their sales.

“Those in the group were mostly friends from the same neighbourhood or school, because they can be easily influenced,” he added.

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Drug pushers using WhatsApp, WeChat to sell, recruit schoolkids