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6 theSun | MONDAY OCTOBER 12 2009

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Peer pressure main cause of addiction: Study
by Charles Ramendran National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) quarters of the addicts had either list as the most popular narcotics and two years depending on the per-` also revealed that the anguish of being completed their education up to Form among 70% of addicts. son’s level of addiction to the drug, he
unemployed and working at entertain- Three or Form Five, during which AADK deputy director-general Prof said.
KUALA LUMPUR: Influence and ment outlets – where the availability time they had been told of the dangers Dr Mahmood Nazar Mohamed said at A successful case is when an in-
coaxing by friends to try out drugs are of narcotics is usually high – had low of drug abuse. Only 2.6% of them have a recent function that the first taste of dividual stays clear of drugs for two
among the main factors behind the influence on the jobless and workers of never had any schooling. drugs can put youngsters at the risk of years after being released from the
destructive beginnings of a narcotic the industry who made up only about There were only 624 women out of getting hooked. rehabilitation centre.
addict. 10% of the addicts. all the addicts. He said the AADK with its various He said the agency has also assisted
In a study done on 26,841 drug According to the breakdown of More than 60% of the addicts were programmes, including the Rakan ex-addicts in setting up small busi-
addicts between 2007 and 2008, 55% addicts by employment, the biggest found to be in Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Anti-Dadah membership drive, hopes nesses to eke out a living.
of them confessed that they became group of drug users is general work- Penang, Perak and Johor while barely to instil awareness on the ills of drugs As for job placements, the ex-addicts
hooked on drugs after being introduced ers who, together with those from the 2% were from Sabah and Sarawak. in teens and young adults. are easily accepted in the construction,
to it by friends, while 35% were led to construction, sales, fishing, plantations A total of 18,218 or about 68% of He also said the rehabilitation of plantations and service industries but
addiction after trying out drugs purely and service industries, made up some drug abusers were from the 18-39 age addicts now has been more successful not for jobs such as security guards
for fun and out of curiosity. 70%. group. than previous years. due to their past record for drug of-
Surprisingly, the findings from the Another finding was that three Heroin and morphine topped the Rehabilitation takes between one fences, he said.

Don’t misinterpret 1Malaysia as loss for Malays: Najib M’sian tycoon’s horse
wins big in Australia
by Maria J. Dass MELBOURNE: Tycoon Datuk Tan Chin Nam had a flying start to the
Victoria Spring Racing Carnival
PETALING JAYA: The 1Malaysia concept should not be misin- when his part-owned horse Alleze
terpreted as one that will cause what is rightfully reserved for Wonder stormed home to win the
the Malays to be handed out to the other races, Prime Minister Group 1 Toorak Handicap at the
Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said yesterday. Caulfield Racecourse here yester-
Instead, it should be seen as a means to give fair and equal day.
consideration to all the races, especially where poverty is con- Trained by the legendary
cerned, he said. Bart Cummings and ridden by
Addressing about 1,000 people at a Hari Raya open house Michelle Payne, Alleze Wonder
at Bandar Tun Razak in Cheras, Najib said: “Just like the Malays will run in the rich Caulfield Cup
have been given privileges in accordance with what is rightfully
next Saturday. It was 24-year-old
theirs and based on their needs, the Chinese and Indians, too,
Payne’s first Group 1 winner and
have to be accorded privileges in accordance with their needs
81-year-old Cummings’ 254th.
and what is rightfully theirs.
– Bernama
“Where poverty is concerned, help should be given regard-
less of racial background.”
Najib said the 1Malaysia policy seeks to unify all the races. MAS begins direct
“When I took on this task I found that it needed to be polished flights to Istanbul
and given prominence,” he said, reiterating that the differences
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Air-
of the various races should be celebrated and be generated into
lines will start thrice-weekly
a source of strength.
direct flights between Kuala
He said even mature civilisations had problems among peo-
Lumpur and Istanbul on Oct
ple who were of the same race but practised different faiths.

“This underlines the fragile situation of the Malaysian society
Departures from Kuala
if no mechanisms are put in place to boost racial unity and
Lumpur are on Mondays,
understanding, and if we can succeed in our endeavour then
Wednesdays and Saturdays.
we are on our way to a good future in terms of race relations,”
Najib is greeted by well-wishers at the Hari Raya open house at Bandar Tun Razak. – Bernama
he said.

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