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Jokowi renews focus on drug '€˜emergency'€™

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 5, 2015   /  07:39 am

President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo reiterated his call to fight drug abuse on Wednesday during a national coordination meeting held by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), which was also attended by governors, regents and mayors from across the country.

'€œThere is an emergency [of rampant drug abuse in the country] that requires everyone to work together [to handle it],'€ Jokowi said in his opening speech during the event in Jakarta.

'€œWe need to take firm action. There'€™s no more tolerance [on drug abuse],'€ he said.

According to Jokowi, between 4 and 4.5 million drug users required rehabilitation.

Lawmakers recently slammed the BNN for its lack of a comprehensive plan to deal with drug-related crime amid Jokowi'€™s firm call to execute convicted drug smugglers.

Although the majority of lawmakers from House of Representatives'€™ Commission III overseeing legal affairs, human rights and security applauded Jokowi'€™s firm policy, few were convinced by the BNN'€™s plan to achieve the government'€™s ambitious target of making Indonesia drug-free this year.

The lawmakers'€™ pessimism was partly due to the ongoing distribution of drugs from prisons, a process that is believed to be protected by officials.

BNN chief Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar expected the meeting to push for a joint commitment between the central and local administrations in handling drug abuse.

To promote the government'€™s drug policy, Anang also recently underlined the target of rehabilitating 100,000 drug addicts each year while at the same time proceeding with the firm policy of executing drug smugglers. (***)