Hornbill Unleashed

June 8, 2017

Government urged to declare all-out war against drug abuse, illegal gambling

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

Image result for Voon Shiak NiThe government has been urged to declare all-out war against drug abuse and illegal gambling in Sarawak.

In making this call, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni believed that these vices, which she regarded as ‘the mother of all crimes’, go hand-in-hand and therefore, society should play its role in assisting the authorities to combat them.

“We are very concerned about all these social problems and this is also one of the reasons why we encourage all neighbourhoods to set up crime watch (groups) in their respective area to act as eyes and ears of the authorities in helping to combat crimes,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

Voon also noted that the battle against drug abuse and illegal gambling is also part of the responsibilities of all elected representatives regardless of political affiliation.

“We do not want any finger-pointing. If the finger-pointing continues, it won’t do anybody any good.”

Voon said state PKR chairman and Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, who has been playing an important role in helping the police and other authorities in curbing drug abuse and other illegal vices in Lawas, is exemplary.

She said it was also worrying that it is on official record that drugs have entered schools and students are now being targeted as drug mules and addicts.

For instance, Voon said just last month in Lawas, a teacher and his two sons aged between 20 and 22, were arrested for drug abuse.

Additionally, she said that random urine tests conducted across the state had shown that about 7.4 per cent of secondary school students across

Sarawak were involved in drug abuse.

Voon supported the statement by Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah that the battle against drug-related probems cannot be carried out alone.

“Although we are aware that it is impossible to get rid of drug abuse totally from the fabric of any society, the problem will go from bad to worse if society does not put in its efforts today.

“It has been a worrying issue and it is long overdue for collective and collaborative efforts from all sectors of society —the enforcement agencies, the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK), the police, the schools and the community.”


Source : The Borneo Post Online


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