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Selangor Times Jan 14-16, 2011 / Issue 8

Selangor Times Jan 14-16, 2011 / Issue 8

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January 14 — 16, 2011
issue 8
Yellowpower backin action
CuriousCase ofss
sg LimastruggLesto survive
Drughavenin new village
Alvin Yap
Chong Loo Wah
Kampung Jenjarom hasturned into a battleground betweenan anguished community and drug pushers who are keeping its youthshigh and suicidal.“Tere have been three deaths andour attempted suicides in the past ouryears,” said village head an Ching Han.All the cases involved young men intheir prime, between the ages o 23 and30.Te oldest victim was ound hangedin his room aer his mother had re-turned rom the morning market inOctober last year.an said the mother had reused togive her son money as she suspected hewas using it to buy drugs.  “She said hewas moody and angry beore his death,added an.he other victims had consumedparaquat, a strong herbicide which iseasily purchased in  hardware and sun-dry shops, owing to the act that thesurrounding area is agricultural land.Some o the victims who survivedsuicide attempts suer severe and per-manent damage to their throats andvocal cords due to the toxic herbicide.“Some o them can’t even talk,” saidan.Te suicides, an said, are caused bythe drug’s side eects.He also claimed that some victimshad suered brain damage.“It could be both brain damage anddepression that are driving the victimsto  suicide,” he said.an said the widespread drug use inthe village frst reared its ugly head in2007 which also saw a rise in pettycrime with snatch thets becoming common.Residents are wary o walking around the village even during day time. Te village committee members arevery worried because the criminals areyouths at the prime o their lives. Manyamilies are going though sleeplessnights because o their children’s  ad-diction.Other village committee memberswho met reporters rom
Selangor Times 
 said  most o them either knew a relativeor neighbour whose son or daughter isor was a ormer drug addict.Some amilies are acing the harshreality that they may have to send theirsons and daughters to drug rehabilita-tion, maybe or years away rom home.an said that it was the “last butunavoidable” recourse let to manyamilies i they wanted to see their childsaved rom addiction.“One committee member receiveda call rom her neighbour who was tornat having to ‘surrender’ her son to po-lice. Te mother was crying while thecommittee member was advising her togive her son up to police, as his addic-tion and criminal acts had got worse,”said an.an recalled an incident where aamily o our vacated their house onthe son’s release rom prison. In thiscase, the mother had surrendered the
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⁄ January 14 – 16, 2011
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