Mission to Malaysia

An INCB mission visited Malaysia from 9 to 11 September 2013 . The mission was conducted by Prof. Dr. Sri Suryawati, second Vice President of INCB, accompanied by Mrs. Li-Qin Zhu, Chief of the Convention Evaluation Section of the INCB Secretariat. The last mission to Malaysia took place in 1996.

The objective of the mission was to review the drug control situation in Malaysia and the Government's compliance with the three international drug control conventions to which Malaysia is a party. Deliberations focused on the legislative and administrative measures and policies aimed at addressing the emerging challenges with regard to the control of licit activities related to narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals as well as measures taken and progress made by the Government in the elimination of drug abuse and illicit manufacture of and trafficking in drugs. Issues related to availability of controlled substances for medical purposes in Malaysia were also discussed.

The mission met with the Minister for Health Malaysia, the Director-General of the National Anti-Drugs Agency, the Senior Director of the Pharmaceutical Services Division Malaysia, as well as senior Government officials from the Ministry of Home affairs, the Ministry of Health, the National Anti-Drugs Agency, the Royal Malaysian Police, the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. The mission also met with representatives of several NGOs involved in drug abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in Malaysia. The mission visited the Cure & Care 1Malaysia Clinic, Sungai Besi Kuala Lumpur, and the Department of Chemistry Malaysia.

The findings of the mission will be reviewed by the Board at its session in November 2013 and will be reflected in the 2013 INCB Annual Report, to be published in early 2013.

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