Anti-drug group to hold seminar

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

IN LINE with the fight against drug abuse, the National Anti-Drug Association of Brunei Darussalam (BASMIDA) will organise a seminar on November 1 at The Empire Hotel & Country Club’s Indera Kayangan Ballroom.

President of BASMIDA Datin Hjh Masni Hj Mohd Ali said during a press conference yesterday that through the event, the association wants to instill to participants the value of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB), and to strengthen their moral character based on Islamic teachings.

“We intend to raise important issues (during the seminar), including exploring ways to tackle, control and eradicate drug abuse,” said Datin Hjh Masni.

The seminar will carry the theme “Prevention of Drug Abuse through the Inculcation of the Fine Values of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) philosophy”.

She noted the seminar aims to further inculcate, reinforce, support and practice the core values of MIB as a means to prevent drug abuse.

The resource speakers include Senior Special Duties Officer of the MIB Supreme Council Dr Awang Hj Muhammad Hadi Muhammad Melayong, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali’s Dean of Faculty of Usuluddin Dr Lilly Suzana Hj Shamsu, and Head of the Lecture Unit at the Islamic Da’wah Centre Ustazah Pg Norhayati Pg Hj Kasharan.

Datin Hjh Masni said the seminar hopes to craft concrete actions to prevent drug abuse.

She stressed the importance of education in preventing drug abuse among the youth.

For her part, Vice President of BASMIDA Hjh Linda Aini Abdullah called on representatives from the government and private sectors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), individuals and students to participate in the seminar.

Hjh Linda Aini said that the deadline for registration will be on October 31 before 4pm. The fee for those from the government and private sectors and NGOs is $30 per person, while for students and educational institutions, it is $10 per person. About 200 participants, including representatives from PEMADAM in Miri, Limbang and Bintulu (an NGO that defends the welfare of former drug addicts in Malaysia) are expected to come to the one-day event. For further information, members of the public can contact the BASMIDA hotline at 8710077.

The Brunei Times