Nur Jazlan: Illegal drug use among university, school students, not as bad

Kalbana Perimbanayagam

KUALA LUMPUR: The illegal consumption of drugs among students in universities, secondary and primary schools is not as bad as perceived by some quarters.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also the Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (Pemadam) president, said the number of cases involving these three groups were still insignificant and very small to be considered a threat to the nation.

"Even so, it cannot be left unattended as early prevention measures are necessary to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes worse," he said after launching the 2nd IPT (IPTA and IPTS) Pemadam Leadership Convention 2017 at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia here earlier.

He said so far, the clubs set up at universities and IPTA's have received positive feedback and support from tertiary student population nationwide.

"Pemadam has also prepared a special module on drug prevention to be included in the learning process as well as to create more awareness.

"Having said that, Pemadam intends to extend its advocacy and work to secondary schools, by introducing a drug prevention club in schools nationwide," he said.

Nur Jazlan said the proposal to set up a similar drug prevention club in secondary schools is currently in the finalisation stage and it is expected to -rollout by the end of the year.

"Pemadam and the Home Ministry are expected to hold a meeting to discuss the matter soon," Nur Jazlan said.