Call to fight drug addiction

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LAHAD DATU: Efforts to combat drug addiction in this country should be given serious attention by all parties, especially by individuals, families and leaders to ensure that all residential areas are free from drugs.

Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Haji Datu Nasrun Haji Datu Mansur said the responsibilities could not be  placed on government agencies alone but also to the community.

He added that drug dens in their areas should be reported immediatelyto the authorities so that action could be taken.

“In order to achieve this goal I call upon the public, including local community leaders, residents and family institutions, whether in residential areas or in villages to perform their responsibilities as citizens to fight  drug addiction,” he said.

He said this in his speech  read out by Lahad Datu District Officer Zulkifli Nasir during the ‘1 Malaysia People Healthy without Drugs’ programme organised by the Anti-Drug Association of Malaysia (Pemadam) and the state government at the Cocos Village Hall, near here, yesterday.

The programme was the third after Kota Belud and Beaufort and  was attended by 300 people including local community leaders, village heads, JKKK and residents from three villages here, namely Kampung Kenangan, Batu 8 Segama and Kampung Batu 6 Cocos.

The objective was to increase public awareness, especially among the younger generation on the importance of maintaining good health, physical and mental fitness to distance themselves from  social problems, especially drugs.

Meanwhile, Nasrun who is also a member of the state legislative assembly, said drug addiction is a global problem and history has shown that drug addiction had led to serious moral problems and would  gradually destroy the family institution, the community and finally the country, if not addressed.

“This means that if we do not continue efforts to eradicate this phenomenon, it is impossible for us to realize the aspirations and challenges of creating a society free from drugs by 2015.

“Thus, it is my hope that this programme may be able to reduce this problem and lead the community to a healthy life style,” he added.

Various activities were held during the programme such as aerobics 1Malaysia, exhibitions, and a lucky draw.

Residents who were present also distributed anti-drug pamphlets from house to house.