RM193k for 193 schools to organise drug abuse awareness programmes

Abdul Karim accompanied by Sarawak Pemadam executive secretary Munawar Ismail (left) and Sarawak Education Department director Dr Norisah Suhaili (right) at the cheque presentation ceremony.

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KUCHING, June 23: Some 193 secondary schools throughout the State will receive RM1,000 each from Drug Prevention Association of Malaysia (Pemadam) Sarawak to organise drug abuse awareness programmes.

Sarawak Pemadam chairman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah disclosed that the association had contributed a total of RM193,000 which was handed over to the Sarawak Education Department today.

“The financial contribution to the schools was the first of its kind organised by Sarawak Pemadam with aims at reaching out to the community especially secondary school students.

“Each school will receive RM1,000 for them to organise a series of anti-drug and substance abuse talks, motivational talks, anti-drug poster design competitions and other activities which are conducted online,” Abdul Karim said during the cheque handover ceremony.

Abdul Karim who is also the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports added that the Education Department was very supportive of the initiative, as well as upcoming activities which will be held on a modest scale due to the current Movement Control Order (MCO).

He added that Sarawak Pemadam has been supporting the organising of programmes as well as activities in schools aimed at spreading the message on the dangers of drug and substance abuse so that the wider community especially students are fully aware of the drug menace which may affect them, society and the nation as a whole.

In the last few months, Sarawak Pemadam had also given out more than RM38,000 to various schools who had organised programmes and activities including the recent state-level National Anti-Drugs Day 2021 which had been received well by students and teachers. — DayakDaily