Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fighting drug menace joint responsibility: Resident

WAR ON DRUGS: Razali (centre), flanked by Zamnee (left) and Sulaiman, briefing the media on the outcome of their meeting.

BINTULU: Preventing the young people from getting involved in drugs is the responsibility of all, says the Resident Dr Razali Abon.

Parents in particular must play their role as educators at home, he said, and not to depend too much on the authorities to implement the (drug) laws and regulations.

“If their children get caught indulging in drug abuse, parents cannot blame the authorities. Children need to be taught good values starting in homes,” Razali told a press conference after he chaired a meeting on ‘Combating Drug Action Council’ here yesterday.

The council, sitting for the first time this year, discussed issues and problems pertaining to combating drug problems among the young generation.

As a coordinator in combating drug abuse in the division, the council, Razali said, discussed various ways and programmes to combat the drug menace.

Among those who sit in the committee are heads of government departments, community leaders and representatives of non-governmental organisations.

Razali said their strategy was based on the involvement of all in the programmes like drug preventive talk and exhibitions.

Asked whether there were cases involving public servants being caught in drug abuse cases here, Razali said no such cases were reported here so far.

Police chief, Superintendent Sulaiman Abdul Razak, who was also present at the press conference, said the drug situation here was still under control although statistics showed that more people were arrested for drug abuse here last year compared to previous years.

The local police, he added, conducted 109 drug-related operations entertainment outlets last year, 27 involving cybercaf├ęs, 78 hotels and inns, and 36 homes.

As a result, 335 people were arrested from 230 operations last year compared to 229 from 188 cases in 2007.

Also present at the press conference was National Anti-Drug Agency (Miri) chief officer Zamnee Ismail.

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