Combating drugs not a one-man job
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
IN A bid to combat drug-related crimes, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has taken concrete steps to improve their operational processes and increase public awareness on drug-related offences, said the Minister of Energy yesterday.
YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar said that among others, NCB has acted on improving their research and development activities, particularly their legal and operational procedures in dealing with drug-related issues.
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He also said the NCB is working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT) to disseminate information and advice regarding threats by international drug syndicates.
Similarly, programmes related to nurturing such awareness have also been conducted in schools, and is included in syllabuses through partnerships with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA).
At the same time, the energy minister stated the NCB seeks to enhance their cooperation with other law enforcement agencies to restrict the entry of drugs into the country.
Through the implementation of the ‘Home Team’ concept, YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said NCB is looking to further reaffirm its coordination with other agencies to deal with cross-border crimes and improve their control and surveillance over the waters of Brunei, including the Brunei River.
Responding to YB Pehin Orang Kaya Maharaja Kerna Dato Paduka Seri Haji Yaakub Pehin Orang Kaya Maharaja Diraja Dato Paduka Haji Zainal on the measures taken by NCB to curb drug-related problems in the country, the energy minister said “Some of these measures will take some time before it can really bear results,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin.
“The responsibilities of dealing with drug-related crimes must not be shouldered only by the NCB and certain groups of the community. As citizens, we need to adequately support the bureau and provide specific feedback and ideas to combat crimes, especially from grassroots leaders,” he added.
Although the rate of drug-related crimes in the country is still under control, YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin urged the public to not be complacent, as irresponsible parties will always look for income-generating avenues through illegal activities.
The Brunei Times