MIRI: The drug menace is threatening native communities in longhouse settlements in rural and semi-rural locations in northern Sarawak.
Even the Penans are becoming victims to this drug scourge.
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has expressed his concern that the drug addiction problems have spread from the cities and towns to the rural and semi-rural settings.
Speaking about the matter during his Gawai visit to Rumah Albert located in Suai district in northern Sarawak yesterday, he said the drug scourge in the rural areas must be stopped before it got out of control.
Tiong, who is also Bintulu MP and the Prime Minister special envoy to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, said he had been informed that drug peddlars see rural youths as easy targets.
“I am worried that the drug problem in Suai may worsen. This very unhealthy development will jeopardise the future of the rural folk and destroy the wellbeing of entire communities,” he said.
“Even the Penans are being targeted by the drug traders.”
Tiong said the police must carry out extensive probes and find out the root cause of this drug menace in Suai and stop it.
“The local communities need help from the enforcement authorities like the police to protect their welfare from drug sellers,” he said, urging the locals to provide him with useful information so that he and the SPDP could help them in tackling the social problems.
On his part, he said he would carry out regular ground visits to check on their welfare.
Suai district is located near the divisional border boundary between Miri and Bintulu.