Statewide anti-drug campaign in schools focuses on prevention

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 24 Jun 2019

Wong says the state National Anti-Drug Agency has identified 30 high-risk areas.

PERAK government is carrying out its “Prevention is Better Than Cure” anti-drug campaign at schools in the state until the end of the month.

Perak Women and Family Development, Character Development and Community Welfare Committee chairman Wong May Ing said the campaign was scheduled to end on Friday.

She said the campaign, held in conjunction with the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, would focus on educating communities, families and learning institutions on the importance of drug usage prevention.

“The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) in Perak has identified 30 high-risk areas in the state.

“The Larut, Matang and Selama districts have the highest number of high-risk areas with seven

locations identified, while Kerian and Kinta have five areas each,” Wong said during a press conference held at the state secretariat building in Ipoh.“During the tabling of the 2019 state Budget, we allocated some RM750,000 to government agencies, non-governmental organisations and local communities to conduct anti-drug campaigns.”

She said the campaign started with 18 schools and a state-level event would be held at SJK(C) Bukit Merah on Wednesday.

“We are expecting at least 6,000 people to participate in the campaign,” she said, adding that AADK was working with the Malaysian Christian Youth Association Perak branch and Charis Youth Centre on the campaign.

“Among the activities planned for the campaign are dance and drama performances and talks.

“Some materials will be presented in comics form to draw youths’ attention to the campaign,” Wong elaborated.

“The public are also welcome to join the campaign and keep themselves well informed about the dangers of drugs,” she added.

Other participating schools are SJK(C) Panchor in Pantai Remis, SJK(C) Sungai Kerang in Trong, SMJK Perempuan Perak and SMJK Sam Tet in Ipoh.

For those who wish to report cases of drug abuse, call AADK on its hotline at 03-8911 2233 or 019-626 2233. — By ILI AQILAH

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