During a raid at PPR Kota Damansara, Jalan Pekaka 8/7, Petaling Jaya yesterday, nine men tested positive for drugs.
The three-hour raid at four blocks of flats at the government housing scheme was carried out by the Petaling district National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), with help from the police.
Those held were taken to the AADK office for further investigations.
Another man, in his 50s, was also taken along as he refused to cooperate during the urine test.
During the raid, authorities confiscated drug-related paraphernalia such as needles and syringes and even drugs in pill form.
The raid was carried out following a report in StarMetro recently that vacant units at PPR Kota Damansara were being used as a drug den.
It was also reported that the residents at the flats were living in fear as some drug addicts were terrorising them.
AADK public relations officer Mohd Amir Harun said families of drug addicts should contact AADK for help.
He said drug addicts who came forward themselves would not be charged.
“If a drug addict surrenders and undergoes drug rehabilitation voluntarily, he or she will not be charged. It will be easy for him to return to society and look for jobs,
“However, if drug addicts are nabbed by the police and the AADK authorities, they will be charged in court,” he said.
Mohd Amir added that in recent years, even executives involved in drug abuse had come forward to undergo drug rehabilitation.
“A senior engineer recently came to the rehabilitation centre.
“He had been suffering from drug addiction for over 10 years,” he said.
PPR Kota Damansara is being maintained by Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd since April 22 this year.
In a recent interview, Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd general manager Nazmi Osman, had said all vacant units would be sealed to deter vice activities.
Nazmi said the management had also discontinued the lift service to the vacant floors in April.
“Outsiders cannot access these floors because gates have been installed at the stairways to block access.
“However, there are several vacant units located on other floors and these are the ones where the drug addicts now operate.
“We will clear these units which have also become a garbage dumping ground for some of the residents.
“We also plan to fix doors and lock the units,” said Nazmi, adding that the units would be occupied eventually.
“We are screening the list of applicants eligible for these empty units and hope to finalise it soon,” he said.
He added that the management would also work closely with the police, AADK, non-governmental organisations as well as the residents to curb social problems here.
On another matter relating to Tinesh Raj, five, who fell to his death from the 14th floor of PPR Kota Damansara, Nazmi extended his condolences to the family of the deceased and said they planned to change the grilles at the flats soon.
However, he urged the residents to take preventive measures against such occurrences.
“We have a list of work to be done here. We have repaired the grilles at the emergency stairway as well as installed lights. Other problems will be resolved in stages,” he said.
Nazmi said the management hoped to instil a sense of belonging among the residents.
“We want them to care for their units as well as look out for their neighbours,” he said.
To contact AADK, call 03-8911 2200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org