BUKIT KAYU HITAM: Social media applications WhatsApp and WeChat are increasingly being used as a medium to push drugs to school-going children, said the National Anti-Drug Agency (Nada).
Nada assistant enforcement director Suhaimi Abu Bakar said the finding was made following an investigation carried out on schoolchildren who were detained for various drug offences.
“Our investigation showed that the social media apps are being used to sell (or seek) drugs…,” Suhaimi told newsmen at the end of a Border Operation at the Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex here yesterday.
He was commenting on the case of a 15-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed his younger sister while under the influence of drugs in Sik recently.
According to Suhaimi, the agency also identified school children being recruited to sell drugs, who create WhatsApp groups to help increase their sales.
“Those in the group were mostly friends from the same neighbourhood or school, because they can be easily influenced,” he added.