BINTULU: Combatting drug abuse and addiction should not be left to the government alone. Various quarters such as the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and communities are also encouraged to help.
Bintulu District Officer Muhammad Dino Amid said if not addressed holistically by all parties, drug abuse would harm the people.
Therefore, he said, the community should be aware of the issue and understand its root causes.
“Drug addiction and abuse is a problem born of various other problems in society. It is the final symptom resulting from psychological problems suffered by the individuals involved and the influence of an unhealthy environment,” he said at the postponement of the Bintulu Division Drug Abuse Awareness Seminar 2021 at Masjid As-Syakirin Bintulu, here on Thursday (Nov 18).
Muhammad Dino opined that the risk of drug abuse can be reduced by strengthening of family institutions.
In that context, he stressed that good communication and care among family members can be strong preventive factors.
Apart from that, he said the cooperation of all parties plays a crucial role in efforts to produce a future generation of leaders who are transparent, responsible, and free from negative elements.
A total of 100 participants consisting of community leaders, Bintulu tahfiz students, Madrasah At-Taqwa, Perkim and kafa teachers around Bintulu attended the seminar organised by the Sarawak Pemadam Religious Bureau.
Sarawak Islamic Religious Department deputy director Ustaz Jamaludin Taim, Head of the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) Bintulu, Mohd. Dzulfikar Abdul Rahim was also present at the seminar.