Sat, 05 Feb 2000

A new law to fight drug abuse

The new legislation drafted by the House of Representatives to fight drugs in the country will have little meaning so long as the law continues to discriminate between people. The new law will become the subject of the public's derision if it treats ordinary people differently from those holding important positions.

This is why the unresolved drug case involving the son of a former leading Army officer -- one that has for some time been the subject of the public's scorn -- must be acceptably processed to signal that from now on the law will be implemented without distinction. Unless this is done, the public will lose its faith in the government's stated intention to put an end to the drug trade in the country.

-- Media Indonesia, Jakarta