KUCHING: Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah wants the public to provide information regarding drugs and substances abuse to enable the authorities to take necessary actions.

In Subis district, 60 arrests were made from January to April this year, whereby 56 of them were male aged between 20 and 40 years old, all through information given by the local community.

“All members of the public should provide us information so that the authorities are able to take actions against the users as it is for their own benefit to be clean of drugs,” she said.

Fatimah revealed there was a One Stop Committee for Handling of Drugs and Substances (OSC MIDS) at the state and district levels which comprised of various agencies.

Fatimah (left) presents an appointment letter to Dr Ismail Drahman (centre) as a new member of Sarawak Social Development Council.

“And as today there are 21 OSCs established across the state with another two districts to be formed,” she explained.

“With all the establishment of OSCs across the state, we hope to be able to increase awareness on drugs and substance abuse,” she said in a press conference after the Sarawak Social Development Council (MPS) meeting at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya yesterday.

Fatimah presents an appointment letter to a representative of Sarawak Immigration Department as a new member of Sarawak Social Development Council at Wisma Bapa Malaysia.

The meeting witnessed the appointment of four new MPS committee members. They are Mental Health Association chairman Dr Ismail Drahman, permanent secretary to Housing and Local Government ministry, the director of Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), and Sarawak Immigration Department director.

A group photo session with the committee members of Sarawak Social Development Council at Wisma Bapa Malaysia