KUALA TERENGGANU: The state government plans to establish a special commune for reformed drug addicts in the hope of giving them a new lease on life.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the commune will be a safe and comfortable place to help them in the process of rejoining society.
“Often they feel judged because of their past and when it becomes too much for them, they return to their bad habits.
“We hope the commune will be a place where they will get all the support and encouragement from their peers to start afresh,” he said at a commemoration ceremony in conjunction with the 211th Police Day celebrations.
The reformed drug addicts will be provided with homes as well as jobs and business opportunities at the commune where their progress will be closely monitored.
“We are giving them a second chance and if it works, we will establish similar communes in Terengganu,” he said.
He also hoped the commune would make society more aware of their role in helping to rehabilitate former drug users.
“Everyone must play a role in helping them kick the habit. We cannot just leave it up to the police and the National Anti-Drug Agency,” he said.
The commune is a planned follow-up to the state government’s current drug rehabiliation programme at the Saadah community centre in Kuala Nerus where about 70 hardcore addicts are hoping to kick the habit through therapy and spiritual guidance.
He also hoped that the increased efforts to successfully rehabilitate drug users in Terengganu would minimise drug trafficking.
“When there are no addicts, there will be no drug pushers,” Ahmad Razif said.
He later presented RM100,000 to the Tabung Amanah Warisan Polis as well as RM50,000 each to the Police Family Association (Perkep) and the Terengganu Ex-Policemen Association.
Terengganu’s strategy in the endless war on drugs received praise from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun who was also at the event.
“Drugs is a serious issue, especially in Felda settlements and fishing villages, and a drop in drug-related crimes also contributes to a drop in the overall crime index,” he said.