Designer drugs a mouthful to imams


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Sep 2006

IPOH: Imams find the names of trendy and sophisticated designer drugs hard to utter, and this has made it difficult for them fight the menace, said state executive councillor Dr Zambry Abd Kadir. 

“Drug names like syabu, ice, amphetamines and even morphine are difficult names for the imam to pronounce. 

“It is also difficult for them to romanise the drug names from Jawi writings when giving their sermons in mosques,” he said after opening a seminar on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse at work places yesterday. 

Dr Zambry, who is the Perak state Education, Human Resources and Multimedia committee chairman, added that there were also difficulties in spelling out certain words – like morphine and AIDS – in Jawi. 

“They have not heard such words before. If we mention ice, it means air batu (ice cubes) to many people and not drugs,” he said. 

Dr Zambry noted that drug addiction had become an alarming problem in society. 

Drug addicts were now becoming snatch thieves and burglars to get a fix, he said.  

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