A TOTAL of 668 operations were conducted by the National Anti-Drug Agency in Perak, says state Women and Family Development, Character Development and Community Welfare Committee chairman Wong May Ing.
From the operations, Wong said 1,036 tested positive for drugs.
She said the urine tests were conducted by the agency and state Education Department, as it also involved 3,002 secondary school students.
“However, until Sept 30, a total of 116 students were found positive for drugs.
“From that amount, four were tested positive for opiates, 30 for ganja and the remaining 82 for methamphetamine,” she said
in reply to a question by Datuk Samsudin Abu Hassan (BN-Ayer Kuning) who wanted to know the Perak statistics involving
drug cases from January to September
She said the state was working closely with the agency and other non-governmental organisations in the battle against drug abuse.
“We will organise several programmes and camps to raise awareness of drug violence scheduled for next year.
“We will continue to conduct urine tests in secondary schools as this will help with early prevention,” she added.
On another matter, state Local Government Committee chairman Paul Yong Choo Kiong said the state would continue to provide subsidy for lower income groups to buy houses in Perak.
However, he said the state had no allocation to subsidise housing loans from banks.
Yong was responding to Yahaya Mat Nor’s (PH-Pasir Panjang) question on whether the state would provide aid to help target groups.
“Aside from the subsidy, we will also provide credit facilities for them,” he added.
Responding to Jurij Jalaludin’s (BN-Lubok Merbau) supplementary question on the state’s plans to help house buyers pay their home insurance, Yong said, “The state does not have any plans because usually the insurance is paid in instalments to lessen the burden of homebuyers,” he added.
Perak Communications, Multimedia, Non-Governmental Organisations and Cooperatives Development Committee chairman Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim said the state, in an effort to legalise illegal telecommunication towers, had taken the initiative to create a new committee responsible for managing the infrastructure of telecommunication.
“The committee will be led by me and telecommunication companies are required to list all their towers for us to check and legalise it.
“They have until Dec 31 to do so and
after that, action will be taken against
those who fail to submit the list,” said Hasnul.
Hasnul was responding to Loh Sze Yee (PH-Jalong) who wanted to know about the state’s efforts against illegal telecommunication towers in Perak.