KUALA TERENGGANU: The state government plans to set up a special commune for reformed drug addicts to give them a new lease on life.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the commune would be a safe and comfortable place to help former addicts rejoin society.
“They often feel judged because of their past and when it becomes too much for them, they return to their bad habit.
“We hope the commune will be a place where they can get all the support and encouragement from their peers to start afresh,” he said at the 211th Police Day commemoration ceremony.
“The reformed drug users will be provided with homes, jobs and business opportunities at the commune where their progress will be closely monitored. We’re giving them a second chance and if it works, we will establish similar communes in Terengganu.”
He also hopes the commune will create awareness about how the wider society can help in the rehabilitation of former drug users.
“Everyone plays a role in helping them kick the habit and we cannot just leave it up to the police and the National Anti-Drugs Agency,” said Ahmad Razif.
The commune is an extension of the state government’s current drug rehabilitation programme at the Saadah community centre in Kuala Nerus, which has about 70 hardcore addicts.
Ahmad Razif hopes the intensified efforts to rehabilitate drug users in Terengganu will also reduce drug trafficking.
“When there are no addicts, there will be no drug pushers,” he said.
Separately, Ahmad Razif presented RM100,000 to Tabung Amanah Warisan Polis as well as RM50,000 each to the state Malaysian Police’s Wives and Families Association and the Terengganu branch of Malaysian Ex-Policemen’s Association.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun has praised Terengganu’s anti-drug strategy.
“Drugs is a serious issue, especially in Felda settlements and fishing villages, and a drop in drug-related crimes also contributes to a drop in the overall crime index,” Mohamad Fuzi said.