By: Fauzi Suhaimi
KUCHING, 12 April 2022 – Two consideration papers which are Combating Drug & Substance Abuse in the Workplace or Drug Free Workplace Program (TEKAD) and the collaborative Public Awareness Program of the National Anti-Drug Agency (NADA) with the Sarawak Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) for the Transport Sector (Driving Institute) was approved through the Sarawak State Number 1 Drug Action Council (MTMD) Meeting which took place at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Kuching, Sarawak.
Sarawak Premier, YAB Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang Openg who chaired the meeting agreed and approved two consideration papers proposed to ensure Sarawak is free from drug abuse.
The Combating Drug & Substance Abuse Program in the Workplace aims to provide knowledge on the dangers of drug and substance abuse to employers and employees as well as to create a healthy workplace environment.
At the same time, the NADA and JPJ Sarawak Public Awareness Program for the Transport Sector (Driving Institute) was also approved which aims to raise awareness on the dangers of drug and substance abuse while driving thus reducing the rate of road accidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs.
Minister of Women, Child Development and Community Welfare, YB Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah; Minister of Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts; Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development, YB Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Sarawak Federal Secretary, Dato ’Amir Omar and AADK Director General, Tuan Sutekno Ahmad Belon were also participating in the meeting.
General Director (GD) working visit to NADA Sarawak
Meanwhile, in other development, Tuan Sutekno Ahmad Belon continued a series of working visits to NADA Sarawak. The visits aimed to observe the operation, inspect the facilities of the state NADA office, as well as socialize with the agency staff in the state.
In the meantime, he also conveyed messages, advice and reprimands to the staff of NADA Sarawak to ensure that the agency’s services continue to be strengthened and remain relevant to the community.
Meanwhile, the NADA state Director, Iskandar Turkee has given a briefing on the work which focused on the three main components of the agency, namely Treatment, Medical and Rehabilitation; Prevention as well as Enforcement and Safety.