KUCHING: A total of RM5 million has been distributed to government agencies to boost the anti-drug initiative by the state government.
The funds were given to the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry’s One Stop Committee (OSC) to tackle drug and substance abuse (MIDS).
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg presented the cheques to the recipients during the Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry’s 10th anniversary celebration yesterday (Oct 6).
Of the amount, the Customs Department received RM3,012,000. Receiving the grant on its behalf was Sarawak Customs deputy director Mohd Nadzri Ariffin.
The money would be used to procure artificial intelligence narcotics substance scanning machines as well as drug tracking canines.
At the same time, the Police’s Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (JSJN) received RM1,773,000. It was received by Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail.
The money was to procure Instant Visual Drug Detector (IVDD) and handheld drug detectors for the police’s operations.
Meanwhile, the State Health Department received RM245,000 in funds to procure equipment for use at its One Stop Centre for Addiction (OSCA).
Also present at the presentation ceremony were Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah; Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis; Women, Family and Childhood Development Assistant Minister Datuk Rosey Yunus and the ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Rashidah Bolhassan.