Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Drugs more deadly than Influenza A (H1N1), says assemblyman.

BINTULU: Drug abuse is more dangerous than Influenza A (H1N1), Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip said yesterday.

He said the disease which had infected only two Malaysians was not a long-term enemy of the country like drugs which had affected 12,355 people in the country last year.

Talib said the people in the country became very anxious about Influenza A (H1N1) but paid little attention to drug abuse as it was not a cause for alarm.

“Should we just worry about the two cases of swine flu and not drugs which had ruined the lives of more than 10,000 people in 2008 alone,” Talib said when officiating at the ‘Jalinan Mesra’ programme at Jepak community hall here.

The programme was organised by Miri National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK).

State AADK director Jasni Jubli and Bintulu Deputy Resident (Social) Ismawi Salleh were among those present at the function.

He reiterated that drugs were hazardous to people’s well-being apart from threatening the security and stability of a country.

“History has proven how ruthless and bad drugs and their dealers could transform those involved.

“As such it is crucial to keep the young generation away from drugs because the future of the country depends on them,” he stressed.

He urged parents to be more cautious and responsible in educating and guiding their children along the correct path, and steer them away from any negative element particularly drugs.

In his speech, Jasni said the war against drug abuse called for total involvement and commitment from all quarters.

He said AADK could not carry out the task effectively on its own.

“We need the support of all including various agencies and the public to make the state free from drugs by 2015,” he said.

According to Jasni, based on the report of the Geographic Information System (GIS) of his agency, a total of 304 drugs addicts were recorded here last year.

The three-day programme which ends today is participated by various government agencies here which have set up booths and conducted talks and seminars.

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