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Jakarta Post

Winning the war on drugs

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, June 30 2016   /  07:20 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has frequently expressed his intense anger with drug dealers, even to the extent of executing some of them. When speaking at the International Day Against Drugs on Sunday he proposed a new approach that could rival the actions of his Philippines counterpart Rodrigo Duterte.

But just as capital punishment has not defeated the scourge of drug abuse in the country so Jokowi should never try to go that far, let alone consider breaking the rules.

“Chase them, beat them, hit them. If the law permits, shoot them.” Luckily the law does not permit such measures, he added. Nevertheless that’s the President’s punch line, which might represent the wish of the majority of Indonesian people, particularly parents who have sacrificed all they have to save their children from addiction.

Our neighbor the Philippines has just elected Duterte p...