Prison walls no barrier to drug trade


Yeoh Cheong Ee

Malaysian jails have a drug problem, and the weak link is almost always corrupt wardens, who procure for the prisoners their drug of choice for a sizeable profit. – EPA pic, March 31, 2019.

CIGARETTES, fried chicken, mobile phones and most of all, drugs – these are the top items available to prisoners with the means to pay for them.

Convicted drug offenders who number more than half of the 66,000 prisoner population find it easy to buy drugs in the place that is supposed to give them a chance at rehabilitation.


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  • Which ministry does the prison come under? The Minister should fix the problem. How to encourage people to hire paroled prisoners or ex prisoners when more than half of them are drug addicts.

    Posted 2 years ago by Elyse Gim