MALAY parents should not shun their children who have completed treatment at drug rehabilitation centres, said Wanita Umno leader Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz.
Rafidah, who is also Kuala Kangsar MP, said relapse cases continue to bog down the government’s effort to make society free from drug abuse.
“Hold kenduris (feasts) and conduct Yassin reading sessions to welcome them home,” she said when launching an anti-drug preventive campaign organised by the Perak’s National Drigs Agency (ADK) near Kuala Kangsar recently.
“I know many such children are often hidden as if the children’s former habit had brought shame on the family,” she said.
She said there were 164 relapse cases last year out of 346 drug addiction cases.
“But during the first seven months of this year, we already have 458 drug addiction cases of which 72% involved Malays. During this period, 65 relapse cases were reported,” added Rafidah.
Rafidah, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, also advised village development and security committees (JKKKs) to help the ADK launch anti-drug preventive measures at grassroots level.
She said JKKK committee members could start the move by checking out what was happening within their family.
“The dadah menace is like the aedes mosquitoes which hit everyone, irrespective of their positions,” she said.
Rafidah said parents were also partly at fault for in their haste to gain position or wealth in society, they ignored the emotional needs of their children.
She also advised Wanita Umno members to place great importance on raising their children, instead of being too engrossed in their own work.
Responding to an earlier speech by Perak ADK director Ellam Endin Nom that the district was in fourth position with the highest number of drug addicts in the state, Rafidah said it was a ranking which no one should be proud of.
“The Kuala Kangsar district should be in the last spot of the ranking,” she said.
Ellam had also said that Perak ranked sixth position at the national level.
Nationwide, Ellam said there were about 300,000 confirmed addicts, excluding those undetected.