Hornbill Unleashed

May 17, 2017

Baru: Step up efforts to identify, arrest drug bosses

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Image result for Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan)THE authorities must step up efforts to identify and arrest drug bosses and their major dealers in the war against drugs.

In making this call, Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan) said the revelation by the National Anti Drugs Agency three weeks ago that 23 out of 99 students at four schools in Lawas tested positive for drugs in a random urine test might have come as a shock to many, but was not a surprise to the people of Lawas and the surrounding villages.

“It certainly is not a surprise for me, as I have been talking about this problem in almost every DUN session since 2011,” Baru, who is also state PKR chairman, said  yesterday.

In stating that the drug problem is now widespread in schools and villages in Lawas, Baru is thankful that the authorities have finally acknowledged the seriousness of the drug abuse problem in Lawas.

He applauded Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah for going to the ground there to see for herself the seriousness of the situation.

“The people are very encouraged by the dialogue with community leaders in Lawas last December and in Buduk Nur in April.

The workshop, organised by Fatimah’s ministry in Lawas earlier this month, is timely and I’m glad there is now a concerted effort to engage segments of society in the war against drugs and a programme called ‘Tahai’ (Tiada Ancaman Dadah Hidup).”

Baru said the three-prong programme involving Education, Community and Rehabilitation would include training teachers and community leaders to identify drug addicts by visible signs and urine tests, consistent anti-drug messaging by school principals, giving powers of arrest to certain individuals, enforcement of homemade rules for villages such as curfews and smoking bans.

“I was also informed that the police have a programme in place and are planning to carry it out in Lawas as a pilot case. I look forward to positive results from this programme and hope that it will be successful enough to be implemented throughout Sarawak.”

He said the only way to move forward was for parents, teachers, community leaders, religious institutions, government agencies and community groups and associations to work together. He also hoped all parties would work relentlessly together until the drug scourge is eliminated.

“One factor that must be considered is the provision of rehabilitation facilities for drug addicts. There is only one rehabilitation centre in Sarawak, located in Kuching. The government must consider opening more of such centres, perhaps one in the central zone and another in the northern zone.

“Besides making treatment more accessible, it will make it easier for families to visit the recovering addicts and to provide support needed to go through the process. This will   reduce the chances of them falling back to their old ways.”

Baru said while it was heartening to read about the arrests made in the past few months, the people were nevertheless waiting to hear of charges being laid against those arrested.

“In the case of the arrested teacher, I understand he has been transferred to the Lawas Education Office. The villagers are puzzled by the move as he seems to have been spared punishment.

“I hope the authorities will conduct their investigations speedily and bring charges against those arrested without delay.”


Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


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