Prison, court visits can give at-risk students a wake-up call on drug abuse, says senator

Ling presenting a framed official portrait of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the school’s senior assistant (PK) Ikbal Kaur.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, April 17: Senator Alan Ling today proposed that students be given a tour of the prison or the court to enlighten them on the harm that drug addiction could inflict on themselves, their families and the society at large.

Ling, who is a lawyer, said most juveniles involved in criminal activities tend to have abused drugs.

“The problems at the grassroots level is related to drug abuse. Hence, we must take the initiative to nip this problem in the bud,” he said at the launching of ‘Taklimat Sivik’ at Kolej Tun Dato Tuanku Haji Bujang Miri today.

Ling advised youths to stay clear of drugs as it could easily destroy them and their loved ones. He added that as future leaders of the country, they should strive to be useful citizens.

“Once you get involved in drug activities, you are not only putting your life and your safety at risk. Everybody, including your family, will be dragged into this mess as well,” he cautioned.

On the briefing, he said such a session served as an interactive platform for the relevant authorities, such as the police and National Anti-Drug Agency (Nada), to educate students on the dangers that drugs could bring,

About 150 Form 6 students were at the event, which covered three topics: leptospirosis, drug abuse and cyber crimes.

Also present were Miri information officer Aba Sam and Nada Miri chief Mazlan Jikran. — DayakDaily