JOHOR BAHARU, Feb 19 (Bernama) — An in depth study must be carried out before any decision is made on the proposal to legalise consumption of ganja, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
He noted that some countries such as Holland had already done so, but questioned whether there was a real need for Malaysia to follow suit at this point in time.
“Drugs is a major issue in the country, which had given rise to many issues such as the ruin of family harmony and future of youths, and social ills such as gangsterism,” he told reporters Friday.
Earlier, he officiated at the opening of the Arulmigu Sri Bala Subramaniar Temple in Skudai, here.
He was commenting on the proposal by Malaysian Youth Parliament, Spiritual and Religious Committee chairman Muhamad Ridhwan Muhamad Rosli to decriminalise and look at the positive aspects of ganja in line with the trend.
Dr Subramaniam said the government has many other issues needing priority and does not see the proposal as a national agenda.
Personally, the minister said, he is worried that legalising the use of ganja would “open the door for other things to happen in the country”.
Meanwhile, Dr Subramaniam who is also MIC president hoped amendments to the laws relating to child custody and right to marital assets in cases where the husband or wife had converted to another religion would be moved at the next Dewan Rakyat sitting next month or June.
Hopefully, contentious issues in regard to the cases could be resolved speedily to avoid being manipulated by certain parties in the country, he said.
He said the Cabinet has already appointed a panel of five ministers to find solutions to the issues.
“We believe the issues can be resolved amicably so that everyone’s rights are safeguarded, particularly in the case of mothers who are separated from their children or whose husbands neglected their responsibilities,” he said.