SIBU: Eradicating the drug menace requires the concerted efforts of everyone in society, Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.
Stating that drug abuse is not associated with a particular race or age group, he also said the menace affects all strata of society and not only those in the urban areas.
“It should not be left entirely to the relevant enforcement agencies, schools or non-governmental organisations (NGOs),” he emphasised.
Abdul Karim is the state chairman of National Association for the Prevention of Drugs (Pemadam).
Stampin MP Julian Tan recently called for the police to address cases of drug-related activities in schools, claiming that there were increasing drug cases infiltrating schools and involving students.
To this, Abdul Karim said: “I do not deny that drug does infiltrate into schools too though its usage by school students is still considered minimal.
“ I share YB Julian’s concern on this matter and hope the society would collectively try to address this problem together instead of just leaving it to the police, school, National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK), or NGOs like Pemadam.
“This is a social problem which will affect all of us irrespective who we are in society. With the change in trend of drug abuse … from heroin, morphine, opium in the 70s, 80s, 90s to synthetic drugs like ice, syabu or methapethamine, apethamine, eramin and the ease that it is produced and peddled … as pill or powdered form, the fight against drug is getting more challenging.”
Adding on, the Asajaya assemblyman hoped that the drug enforcement agencies could increase their efforts to eradicate the menace, and for the public, including the opposition, to do their part too. -The Borneo Post