AADK pledges full cooperation with Sarawak govt to address drug and substance abuse

Sutekno (right) presenting Fatimah with a souvenir during the courtesy call, while Assistant Minister of Community Well-being Datuk Francis Harden Hollis (left) looks on. Photo credit: Ukas

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KUCHING, Oct 28: National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) Malaysia will provide its full cooperation to the Sarawak government in efforts to reduce drug and substance abuse in the State, and the country as a whole.

According to a report from Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today, AADK Malaysia director Sutekno Ahmad Belon said his side will further improve their services to assist the Sarawak government through the One-Stop Committee (OSC) to Address Drugs and Substances Issues (MIDS) to help Malaysia reach its target by 2025.

“In general, we support the establishment of the OSC and we will cooperate fully to ensure that the goal of reducing the drug and substance abuse problem, particularly in Sarawak, as well as Malaysia, can be achieved.


“We target that by 2025, the number of drug addicts would not exceed 400 people per 100,000 of the population, and those who returned to the addiction do not exceed 25 per cent. It is very comprehensive and we will come up with a plan in order to achieve that goal,” he said during a press conference after paying a courtesy call on Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah yesterday.

Sutekno said, his side is also currently looking into set up a new rehabilitation centre in the state.

“This matter will be proposed in the 12th Malaysia Plan (RMK12) later so that the process can be expedited, and we have discussed with the State government to identify a suitable location for it,” he added. — DayakDaily