MALACCA - This historic city is set to be the first state to table an enactment to limit the sale and usage of glue.
Glue sniffing, a form of substance abuse, has registered an alarming increase among young people, including females.
"Some boldly do it in the open," said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, adding that the habit was rampant among teenagers.
Under the soon-to-be implemented by-law, he said glue would be deemed as a controlled item and those buying it would have to register their MyKad.
"We will check whether they are repeat buyers," Idris said, adding that the authorities would track down such buyers.
Many glue sniffers can be found on the benches along Jalan Tun Ali and Jalan Pasar Lama here.
Large quantities of glue, used for repairing shoes, are strewn around in the area.
Idris noted that teenagers would pour glue onto a piece of cloth.
"They then roll this up and sniff," he said.
Another method was to put the substance into a bag and hold it near their nose, he added.
Some even enhanced their pleasure by putting the substance directly into their mouths.
At present, Idris said glue was easily available.
"Nobody questions such purchases," he pointed out.
"Constant use of glue has been associated with serious health problems, including loss of hearing and damage to the brain," he said.
The state government is now drafting the law with co-operation from relevant agencies under the Home Ministry.