YBs discuss relapse issue, employment for former drug addicts

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

RESIDENTS of the Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre who underwent the Temporary Leave Scheme or Skim Pelepasan Sementara (SPS) have found employment after release.

The Temporary Leave Scheme which was introduced in 2013 has proven to be successful as the number of residents who obtain employment or start their own businesses has increased.

Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad posed the question of how to prevent former drug addicts from slipping back into the habit during the previous day of LegCo but was left unanswered due to time constraints.

“Among other things, the reasons are that they do not have a source of income or support after leaving the Rehabilitation Centre especially those that have families, apart from being excluded by their own families.”

“In this case, I would like to ask relevant parties concerned to assist them to find employment and provide financial assistance to start up a business. By doing so, it may prevent them from falling back into the habit,” he added.

“There is no doubt that there are former residents of Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre which have not yet obtained employment after release, this is the basis for providing the Temporary Leave Scheme,” said Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin Haji Umar, the Minister of Energy.

Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre is also working together with the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEBD) in helping former drug addicts to establish themselves as entrepreneurs via micro-credit assistance scheme which provide them with a start-up capital of $2, 000.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) also hopes that future employers will be open to giving employment opportunities to former residents of Al-Islah Rehabilitation Centre.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohammad Yasmin also added that the government will ensure that employment opportunities and support will always be given.

Family support also plays an important role in helping former drug addicts. Yesterday Yang Berhormat Awg Haji Ramli Hj Lahit, the Penghulu of Mukim Telisai, Tutong District representative raised a suggestion for having a selected former resident of Al-Islah give drug prevention talks at schools or villages as well as share their past experiences.

Another concern that was mentioned by the Tutong District representative was about temporary religious education teachers assigned to the rehabilitation centre.

The temporary teachers are not used to the centre’s environment therefore it takes some time for them to assimilate into the centre’s way of life.

“To overcome this problem, I propose the creation of a fixed position for religious educational officers at the Al-Islah Centre,” said YB Awg Hj Ramli Hj Lahit.

He also addressed the issue of joining the Drug Free ASEAN 2015.

Several areas of expertise needs to be established in order for the country to be a part of this programme namely enforcement, alternative development, treatment and rehabilitation as well as education.

From these categories, the country has successfully establilshed the Airport Implementation Tasks Force (AITF)

“I want to know, what programmes or plans have been and will be implemented by the AITF to meet the aspirations of the National Drug Free 2015.”

As of yesterday, no response was provided by any of the ministers from the PMO.

The Brunei Times