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MALAYSIA: LOVE PROMPTS MOTHER TO REPORT SON’S DRUG ABUSE

JASIN, Malaysia “Because I love him, I have to lodge a complaint with the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) resulting in him being detained in our own home,” said the mother of an inmate at the Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centre (CCRC) in Tiang Dua, here.

The woman, who only wanted to be known as Limah, 70, was one of the family members who turned up to visit inmates of the centre in conjunction with the Family Association Programme and Hari Raya Aidilfitiri celebration yesterday.

Limah had also sought the views of friends before reporting her son, aged 35 and the 11th of 12 siblings, to AADK.

He was a good and diligent son, but he changed after getting involved in drugs. I feel really sad because when he was 12 years old, I was forced to take the role of mother and father after the death of my husband, she told reporters after the programme here yesterday.

Also present were AADK director-general Dr Abd Halim Mohd Hussin, State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Low Chee Leong, and AADK Melaka director Mohamad Yusof Kameh.

Limah was relieved to see that her son’s condition was much better after several months of treatment at the centre, such as that he was able to deepen his religious knowledge and became 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.

Meanwhile, an inmate Aiman Haris, 42, said curiosity prompted him to try and eventually become hooked on drugs.

The youngest of two siblings, Aiman who used to be a food hawker and skilled in tailoring said he grew up in a notorious neighbourhood in Chow Kit where his parents were traders.

He said he was arrested again just two hours after being released from prison when he wandered in 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 the Mentakab, Pahang-born man.

Aiman began using syabu and heroine from the age of 14 and had been admitted to the Henry Gurney School here as well as jailed 10 times.

Source: Nam News Network

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