PENANG has targeted to wipe out drug addiction in the state by 2015, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said.
He said all quarters, including government departments, agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organisations must join forces to achieve this goal.
“We also need co-operation from the community,” he said in the souvenir programme of the state-level World Anti-Drug Day celebrations.
In his speech, Dr Koh, who opened the event at Dewan Milenium, Kepala Batas, said drugs not only destroy a person’s physical well-being but also his mental state.
He said drug pushers were profit-driven and did not care for the addict’s health or future, adding that this was why everyone’s co-operation was needed to fight the drug menace.
“We do not want Malaysia to be a weak nation.
“Let us strengthen our resilience so that our future generation will not be easily influenced by drugs,” he said.
Later, Dr Koh witnessed the entry of Penang Chingay Association into of the Malaysia Book of Records under the biggest chingay flag category.
Association secretary Neoh Chong Poh said the 14.2m-high and 11m-wide flag, which bore Penang’s anti-drugs theme Jom Basmi Dadah! (Let’s Wipe Out Drugs!), was as tall as a four-storey building.