30 Mentors achieving rehabilitation standards are appointed as ‘role models’ to the community

By: Izyan Liyana Mohd Darif

Kajang, September 22nd, 2021 – A total of 30 Mentors who have successfully achieved the standard of recovery have been appointed as ‘role models’ to the community to gain greater success.

YB Dato ‘Seri Hamzah Zainudin, Minister of Home Affairs says, the appointment is an initiative of National Anti-drug Agency (NADA) to prove that recovery is not impossible and can be achieved (Recovery is Possible).

“This year, AADK introduced a new initiative to highlight individuals who have received treatment and rehabilitation at NADA.

“A lot of success has been achieved through NADAs programs. This year, a total of 30 Mentors who have achieved their own recovery standards have been appointed as ‘role models’ to the community to gain greater success.

“This approach indirectly provides awareness and motivation to individuals who are involved with drug problems to seek treatment voluntarily at facilities provided by the government, especially NADA,” he said.

He says this at Majlis Perasmian Simposium Jawatankuasa Pemulihan Dadah Daerah (JKPD) dan Hari Kepulihan AADK Peringkat Kebangsaan Tahun 2021 today.

The program carries the theme of ‘Solidariti Kepulihan’ and is held through video conference and is attended by senior officers of Ministry of Home Affairs and NADA as well as a group of symposium participants.

Also present are Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz, Secretary General of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Tuan Sutekno Ahmad Belon, Director General of AADK.

In the meantime, Hamzah also hopes that the modern technology rehabilitation program would be enhanced on par with foreign countries.

“I call on NADA to continue in exploring modern technological rehabilitation methods and programs to improve the quality of drug treatment and rehabilitation services to be comparable or better than foreign countries.

“At the same time, I urge all parties to continue the existing close cooperation as a sign of our solidarity and concern in combating the threat of drugs in Malaysia,” he said.

In a related development, the ministry has applied for a special allocation of RM10 million through 2022 Budget to boost activities and efforts in maintaining the recovery of former AADK clients nationwide for next year.