Singapore must guard against the misperception of cannabis use portrayed by Western media, and continue educating its youngsters, many of whom obtain drug-related information from overseas media sources.
Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said on Friday (May 24) that one key challenge that Singapore faces currently is the increasing number of countries calling for alternative drug policies.
“There are very strong coordinated efforts internationally, as well as within Singapore, to change the Government’s position on drugs, and to change public perception on drugs,” he said.
However, those efforts are based not on science but on ideology.
“Our position is based on practical realities, common sense and evidence,” he added.
Mr Shanmugam was speaking at the Central Narcotics Bureau’s workplan seminar, where the agency showcased initiatives to help in its operations and outreach efforts.