DEPUTY Internal Security Mini-ster Datuk Fu Ah Kiow has com-mended the organisers of the Exodus Games held at the Panasonic Sports Centre in Shah Alam recently.
The one-day athletics champion-ships was jointly organised by The Klang Valley Alliance (KVA) and Ke-lana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok's Service Centre, Kelana Jaya Council for Wel-fare & Social Development (Mayang), Panel Penasihat Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya, Subang Jaya Senior Citi-zens Club and the Young Malaysians Movement of Petaling District.
The programme is held every two years for ex-drug addicts and those undergoing drug rehabilitation.
Fu congratulated the organisers for initiating a great contribution to society.
“The Games also make people aware of the importance of the need to accept former drug addicts back into society, in order to prevent them from going back to drug addiction,” said Fu.
The Games attracted 21 drug rehabilitation centres in Malaysia and one centre from Singapore. About 500 participants took part in the events.
Awareness talks were also conducted by the National Anti Drug Agency (AADK), Malaysian CARE, Malaysia Aids Council and the Petaling District Social Welfare Department.
The Health Department also conducted health and anonymous AIDS screening tests for the public and participants.
Loh urged the authorities to recognise counsellors at drug rehabilitation centres for their vast practical experiences and contributions.
“These counsellors, though, do not hold degrees in counselling, but they have helped many drug addicts reform,” said Loh.
He also requested for more funding for the NGOs, registered with the Agensi Antidadah Kebangsaan (AADK).
“Each Centre needs approximately RM10,000-RM15,000 per month to run a centre for 30-40 individuals. They depend on whatever jobs they could get and sometimes churches, well-wishers and individuals do help but it is insufficient,” Loh said.
“These centres do not get any funding from the government. It would greatly lighten their financial burdens and it would also encourage them to more effective work turning addicts back into useful citizens,” Loh said.
Fu promised to bring issues raised by Loh to the authorities concerned.
The Christian Care Centre became the champions after winning four gold medals.