27,684 arrests through OSCs as of Oct 31

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THE implementation of One Stop Committees (OSCs) has resulted in 27,684 arrests related to various drug offences in the state from 2018 to Oct 31 this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state government noted that social issues had a direct impact on societal wellbeing with the number one top on the list being drug and substance abuse.

“To address this, the government set up OSCs at the state and district levels. To date, 36 district-level OSCs, chaired by district officers, have been set up in the state.

“The OSCs implement initiatives related to drug prevention, treatment, rehabilitation programmes and intervention. From 2018 to Oct 31 this year, the collaboration in OSC has resulted in 27,684 arrests of various drug-related offences.”

He was delivering the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK) winding-up speech at the DUN sitting on Friday (Nov 13).

In another development, the ministry also set up a One Stop Early Intervention Centre (Oseic), which provides diagnosis, rehabilitation and intervention services for children with special needs (autism, down syndrome and learning disabilities), aged seven and below.

“Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme provided the initial RM4mil to set up the centre. Meanwhile, subsequent cost of maintaining the centre will be borne by the state government.

“For persons with disabilities aged seven years and above, sports opportunities and capacity development were made available through talent identifications and training schemes in sports.

“Presently, there are 165 athletes undergoing systematic development for participation at local, national and international levels. Additionally, Sarawak has been the champion of Para Sukma Malaysia for 13 consecutive times since 1994.”

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