SIDMA College collaborated with Kota Kinabalu City Hall to conduct Program Cekal – IPT Bebas Dadah

SIDMA College, UNITAR International University Sabah Regional Centre collaborated with Kota Kinabalu City Hall Women Bureau for Anti-Drug (Biro Wanita Pemadam DBKK) organised an Anti-Drug Campaign (Program Cekal: IPT Bebas Dadah) for SIDMA College, UNITAR Sabah Semester February – March 2015 new intake students on 24 February 2015 at SIDMA Atrium; as part of the students’ orientation programme.

It was a comprehensive programme, participated together by Kota Kinabalu City Hall, the State Health Department (Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Sabah), Police Headquarters – Operations and Narcotics (Ibu Pejabat Polis, Bahagian Operasi dan Narkotiks) Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu, Road Safety Department (Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya), and National Anti-drug Agency (AADK).

In addition to talks, kiosks were also set by so that students are able to get pamphlets as well additional information from the respective agencies. Representatives from the Health Department also provided free blood pressure checks, health screening, and more.  The Road Safety Department even invited students using motorcycle to exchange their old helmets for new ones.

The campaign was aimed at educating the college students (particularly the new students) as well as the general SIDMA College community on the adverse effects of drugs abuse as well as the consequences and the punitive aspects from prevailing laws. This is because illicit drugs usage has always been the number one threat to our nation and to our national security.  Unfortunately, drugs abuse among students of institutions of higher learning continues to rise yearly despite various efforts being taken by the relevant to curb these phenomena.

During the programme, three key speakers namely: Puan Elizabeth Borubui – Chairperson, City Hall Women Bureau; Mr. Gophi – Medical Health Officer (Pharmacy), State Health Department; and Tuan Inspector Bobby from Operations and Narcotics Division, Karamunsing Police Headquarters basically addressed the phenomena of drug abuse particularly among Malaysian school students as well as those from the institutions of higher learning. They shared cases such as students involved in drugs pushing activities, students who questioned the illegality of drug abuse, and those who follow blindly and had fallen into the traps of drug users.

They emphasised that youths aged 19 to 39 are the nation assets and future leaders, unfortunately they formed the highest percentage of drug abusers. Thus it’s crucial for students, especially from institutions of higher learning, to equip themselves with knowledge and learn to cope with stress, solve personal problems, and able to discard the “herd mentality” by resisting uncalled-for peer pressure.

“Prevention is better than cure, and preventive education has to start early”. Through Program Cekal, it acts as preventive education to educate our young generation to adopt a zero tolerance stand against drug abuse in the country.

Throughout the programme, students had been urged to exert positive peer influence to keep their families, relatives, colleagues, peers, and friends away from drugs, and to take the lead in spreading anti-drug abuse messages.

The students spontaneously coined phrases such as SIDMA College – A Drug Free CollegeKolej SIDMA Bebas Dadah. They too pledged not to be involved in drugs, and to report on any suspicious activities in the neighbourhood to the college authorities in order to ensure “A Drug Free SIDMA College”

Yg Bhg Tuan Hj Ajak Hj Awang was given the privilege to officiate the function on behalf of Yg. Bhg Datuk Yeo Boon Hai (Pengerusi PEMADAM Bandaraya KK) who had to attend another official function.

Prof Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie, SIDMA Chairman, in his thank you address, congratulated and thanked all parties involved, particularly the Kota Kinabalu City Hall Women Bureau for successfully coordinating, collaborating, and conducting this very significant event. He also thanked all the respective parties who were involved in ensuring the success of the event. He sincerely welcomes such event to be held in SIDMA College, and extends the college’s request to involve SIDMA in other similar events organized by any of the above participative parties in the near future. Dr.Morni also took the liberty to present souvenirs to Tuan Hj Ajak Hj Awang, as well to all the speakers and all involved as a humble gesture of appreciation for their contribution.

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