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Mahathir says exporting ketum brings more harm than good, and it is as bad as bribery

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The Kedah state government has been pushing for the idea of legalising ketum and exporting it to Thailand for medical purposes. However, the idea has since received criticism from Malaysians, including former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir did not agree with Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor’s proposal and said ketum leaves bring more harm than benefits, including the possibility of addiction.

“In terms of health, taking medicine from ketum leaves more than the prescribed limits can also harm our health,” he added, according to Astro Awani.

Source: mStar

He also said that it is better for those who came up with the proposal to seek a source of income through other means and not by allowing ketum exports.

In the meantime, Mahathir also questioned the purpose of Kedah to become the exporter of ketum. According to Mahathir, exporting ketum is akin to forcing Muslims to rear pigs or sell alcohol.

He explained that alcohol and ketum are illegal because it entices the consumer to become intoxicated under the influence of illegal substances.

Source: Berita Harian

“Islam does not condone for its followers to become drunk or high, hence, why we are against narcotics or other substance abuse. It overcomes people until they do not know what they are doing when they are in a stupor,” he said.

It was reported that drug addicts have abused ketum leaves because it contains psychoactive ingredients that give euphoric effects, which can lead to addiction after it is mixed into a drink.

Ketum is indigenous to several countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. There had been a high demand for ketum leaves in other neighbouring countries and Kedah, who has an abundance of such plants, is mooting the idea of exporting them.

However, Mahathir said Malaysia should not be trading or cultivating the plant in the first place.

When asked about his opinion to export the leaves, he posed a rhetorical question on whether or not Muslims distribute pork to Singapore or distribute alcohol to other countries.

“It is haram. Just like when people give bribes. It is not right so we should not be doing it. It is that simple. It is the same value system, so it is best to ban ketum altogether,” he said.

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