MCPF: Par­ents have role to play in curb­ing drug abuse

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Par­ents of young drug ad­dicts must play a pro-ac­tive role to help the au­thor­i­ties in curb­ing the so­cial men­ace, says the Malaysian Crime Preven­tion Foun­da­tion (MCPF).

Its se­nior vice-chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said MCPF sup­ported the pro­posal by the Na­tional An­tiDrugs Agency (AADK) for the in­tro­duc­tion of a new law to com­pel par­ents of young drug ad­dicts to at­tend coun­selling ses­sions.

“There is a need for such a law and we urge the govern­ment to look into it se­ri­ously.

“Par­ents can­not use ex­cuses such as busy with work, as spend­ing quality time with their chil­dren is vi­tal,” he told re­porters af­ter launch­ing the state MCPF sub­stance abuse aware­ness pro­gramme for sec­ondary school stu­dents at Univer­siti Sains Malaysia (USM) yes­ter­day.

On Wed­nes­day, AADK di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Zulk­i­fli Ab­dul­lah pro­posed the new law.

Also present dur­ing the event were Pe­nang MCPF chair­man Datuk Seri Syed Jaa­far Syed Ali, Pe­nang Crime Preven­tion and Com­mu­nity Safety Depart­ment head SAC Datuk Mo­hamad Anil Shah and USM crim­i­nol­o­gist As­soc Prof Dr P. Sun­dramoor­thy.

More than 200 stu­dents at­tended the pro­gramme.

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