By : Izyan Liyana Mohd Darif
Kajang, September 22nd, 2021 – Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) stays committed in bringing Malaysia Sejahtera Tanpa Dadah and Dadah Terkawal 2025 to reality.
The minister, YB Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainudin says, the issue of drug abuse needs to be tackled by using solid approach, variety of disciplines, supporting each other and balancing between demands and offers.
“MOHA and National Anti-drugs Agency (NADA) have prepared a draft regarding Bill of Law on Drug and Substance Abuse (Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation) in order to replace Dangerous Drug Act (Treatment and Rehabilitation) 1983.”
“Before presenting the Act in Parliament, the Minister will conduct a session to gain comprehensive feedback from placeholders including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
“This is to make sure the new Act includes law aspects which are more comprehensive and arranged to enable more drug and substance addicts in receiving treatment and rehabilitation accordingly,” he says.
He mentions about the matter in Majlis Perasmian Simposium Jawatankuasa Pemulihan Dadah Daerah (JKPD) and Hari Kepulihan AADK Peringkat Kebangsaan Tahun 2021 on Wednesday.
The program that comes with a theme of ‘Solidariti Kepulihan’ is held through video conference and is joined by senior officers of MOHA and NADA as well as symposium’s participant group.
Also present are Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz, Head Secretary of MOHA and Tuan Sutekno Ahmad Belon, General Director of NADA.
Hamzah adds, the selection of ‘Solidariti Kepulihan’ theme coincides with NADA’s proactive efforts to increase the rate of NADA’s client’s rehabilitation, as well as to give second chance for them to contribute towards the community.
“This Symposium is also a way for the Ministry through NADA to mobilize the efforts and to recognize the voluntary potential which are shown by 1500 participants who consist of community, NGO, NADA’s clients and ex-clients,” he explains further.
According to Hamzah, rehabilitation service is not affected during Covid-19 pandemic, and it rather increases the usage of technology in order to make sure clients are accessible to treatment.
“The most significant exposure and understanding towards the society have to be carried out consistently to make them realize that drug addicts are patients who need to be treated,” he says.