KUCHING: An assistant minister has commended enforcement agencies in Limbang for taking firm steps in tackling the drug menace in the division.
According to Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, people from both political divides have been ‘barking’ about the drug problem in the division for years, but there has always been a lukewarm response stating that there is no serious problem.
“I’m glad that the enforcement agencies are finally making drug arrests in Limbang.
Both sides of the political divide have been ‘barking’ about this (drug problem) for many years, but the response has always been lukewarm; that there was no serious problem of drugs there.
Now it seems that it’s not so,” said Abdul Karim – also the state chairman of National Association for the Prevention of Drugs (Pemadam) – when contacted yesterday.
Last week, a teacher from Lawas, who had been absent without leave for a year, was arrested by officers from Lawas Narcotics Crimes Investigation Department (NCID) in connection with drug-related offences.
Abdul Karim said the government applauded police and National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) for tightening the drug supply and its abuse in Limbang, hoping that the division would be rid of the menace.
“We hope more efforts would be done elsewhere in Sarawak. Drug is destroying our youths and our nation, so clean it (drug problem) up,” he stressed.
Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister for Housing, also wanted tougher actions being imposed on drug traffickers, and especially on enforcement officers who were colluding with them. -The Borneo Post