JASIN: The mother of an inmate at the Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centre (CCRC) in Tiang Dua here says she reported her son’s drug abuse to the authorities out of love for him.
“Because I love him, I had to lodge a complaint with the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), resulting in him being detained in our own home,” she said.
The woman who only wanted to be known as Limah, 70, was one of the family members who turned up to visit the inmates of the centre in conjunction with the Family Association Programme and Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration yesterday.
She said she had also sought the advice of her friends before reporting her son, 35, to AADK.
She said her son, who is the 11th of 12 siblings, had been a good and diligent child until he became involved in drugs.
“I feel really sad because when he was 12 years old, I was forced to take on the role of mother and father after the death of my husband,” she told reporters after the programme.
Also present were AADK director-general Dr Abd Halim Mohd Hussin, state health and anti-drug committee chairman Low Chee Leong, and Melaka AADK director Mohamad Yusof Kameh.
Limah said she was relieved to see the improvement in her son’s condition after several months of treatment at the centre, adding that he had been able to deepen his religious knowledge and become closer to God.
“I also hope that parents out there will not always blame the children when they make mistakes. Instead, give them the opportunity and space to repent because they need our support,” she said.
Another inmate, Aiman Haris, 42, said he had tried drugs out of curiosity and eventually became hooked on them.
Aiman, who is the youngest of two siblings, used to be a hawker and was also skilled in tailoring. He grew up in a neighbourhood in Chow Kit where his parents were traders.
He said he was re-arrested just two hours after his release from prison as he had wandered into an area where enforcement authorities were conducting an operation and tested positive for drugs.
“However, I am not furious but rather grateful that at least I can undergo treatment and gain religious knowledge,” said Aiman, who was born in Mentakab, Pahang.
Aiman began using syabu and heroine from the age of 14 and was admitted to the Henry Gurney School here as well as jailed 10 times.