Zahid: Anti-drug NGOs need to put aside differences

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KUALA LUMPUR: All Malaysians are assets to the country, but if they choose to take drugs, they become a liability to the country, the society and their families, said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“It will become a burden to the country because their expertise can’t be used in any job sector in the country.

“In fact, the government had to form the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK), Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (Pemadam) and Malaysian Substance Abuse Council (Masac) because they (the addicts) have become liabilities.”

Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, said all anti-drugs non-governmental organisations (NGOs) must put aside their differences in finding a solution to curb the misuse of drugs in the country.

He said any differences in opinion between NGOs was unproductive and that several approaches needed to be taken to change the drug addicts’ feelings and psychological effects.

“This is because the patients involved (in drugs) don’t always do so because they want to. Some offer them (drugs) … it happens because their friends or drug dealers make them addicted to drugs.

“If Gen-Y, Gen-Z and Gen-Alpha deteriorate due to addiction, regardless of what type of drug it is, it will destroy Malaysians,” he said in his speech during the launch of Masac here today.

During the event,  Zahid allocated RM2 million to Masac for the council to come up with activities to cure drug addicts.

Masac, registered in 2014 to provide free community service for prevention of drug abuse, treatment and rehabilitation, is reported to have about 7,000 members from 60 NGOs nationwide.