BKSAP Declares War on Drugs at AIPA-CODD Meeting
The Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia participated in the 3rd Meeting of AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous of Drugs (AIPA-COOD). The meeting, which was held virtually, was attended by parliamentary representatives from a number of ASEAN countries, among others, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, The Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam as the host country.
Representing the Indonesian Parliament, the Vice Chairperson of BKSAP, Mardani Ali Sera, stressed that drug had become a national security threat for the nation’s generation, in accordance with the mandate of the Law Number 35 of 2009 on Drugs.
“To that end, Indonesia has decided on fighting against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking as a top priority. Indonesia also continues to advance the target for realizing a Drug Free ASEAN by putting forward the role of the regional communities and their commitment in providing protection against narcotics.” Mardani said when delivering his introductory remarks from Nusantara III Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (29/6/2020).
The Prosperous Justice Party politician told Parlementaria that participation of Southeast Asian countries in combating drug trafficking is of significant importance bearing in mind the dangerous threat posed by the Golden Triangle from Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, all of which produce narcotics such as methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.
“There are three matters of concern that we need to ensure. First, legislators from all countries need to reach a common ground and be on the same page considering the fact that there are several countries that still do not want to adopt new regulations related to this matter. Second, access to IT plays a crucial role because through the supply of information, we can take preventive action. Therefore, the Big Data needs to be strengthened. The last, we want all countries to work together to give their best contributions.” he explained.
AIPA-CODD is a special council within the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) which has a special task to eradicate drug menace in the South-East Asia region. AIPA-CODD assembles every year to discuss the latest development on issues to combat drug menace and the efforts of parliaments to strengthen the government’s performance.
At the end of the meeting, the Indonesian House’ delegation succeeded in pushing through three points in the draft of resolution to be adopted as this year’s Resolution of AIPA-CODD. The proposal from the Indonesian House focused on three issues. First, the need to strengthen technology application to support a comprehensive and balanced management of drug control in order to eradicate drugs menace. Second, the need to call on AIPA Member Parliaments to formulate more stringent laws on overseeing precursors circulation, illegal laboratories, the transfer/delivery of drugs, and money laundering from drug trafficking. Third, the need to call on ASEAN Member Countries to implement policies that can mitigate the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, given that the economic downturn is one of the conditions that can trigger the wider drug abuse.