Rakhine MP urges govt to take more effective measures to prevent drug smuggling

Than Hlaing

A member of Rakhine State Parliament has tabled a motion urging the union government to adopt better plans to prevent drug smuggling and the danger of narcotics for young people in the state.

The proposal was submitted by MP Tun Thar Sein from Myauk-U Township Constituency at a session of the state parliament held on September 20.

"Authorities have to make a lot of arrests in related to drug smuggling. As drugs are easily accessible in the state, there have been problems related to drug abusers. As those drugs flow into the state from other regions, they might have passed through various checkpoints. In this context, I believe there exists bribery. If effective actions are taken, I think such cases will be wiped out. This is why I call for better and more effective measures to prevent this," said the lawmaker.

Rakhine State has a population of 3 million whose major livelihoods are agriculture, fish and meat businesses. Rakhine State is the second poorest region of Myanmar's 14 regions and states. Despite not being a drug-producing region, Rakhine State had seized various kinds of narcotic drugs worth K183,692 million and arrested 1,010 suspects in 631 cases from 2011 to 2018.

The parliament approved the proposal as there was no objection.