Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah
BY BARINA NANI

KUCHING: The mapping carried out by the One-Stop Committee to address drugs and substance abuse issues (OSC MIDS) is aimed at addressing drug and substance abuse activities in Sarawak.

According to the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, the mapping was generated through data reported by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID), National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), Customs Department, Health Department, Welfare Department, Education Department, OSC MIDS as well as community leaders.

“The mapping for 2018-2019 is the basic data for state and districts OSC MIDS to formulate policies, develop programmes and implement targeted interventions in the fight against drug and substance problems in Sarawak from 2020,” she said at a press conference at Baitul Makmur II here, today.

She added that through the mapping, 15 districts were categorised as high risk, 15 (moderate risk), nine (low risk) and one (vulnerable).

Further elaborating, Fatimah said 34 (out of 40 districts) in Sarawak had set up their respective OSCs.

“Districts that have not yet established OSC should do so before the end of this year as it is able to help us conduct regular monitoring.

“Apart from that, we have conducted 13 series of Integrated Operation for Drug and Substance Issues (OBID) programmes throughout Sarawak last September.

“Of these, one programme is an integrated enforcement intervention, 12 (non-enforcement intervention), seven (community) and five (in the workplace),” Fatimah added.