Programme sheds light on dangers of drug abuse

Izah Azahari

The Information Department through its Awasi Anak Kitani (supervising our children) Programme in cooperation with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the Internal Security Department and IT Protective Security Services (ITPSS) Sdn Bhd continued with its programme at the Main Hall of the Bangar Community Hall in the Temburong District recently.

Legislative Council member and Penghulu of Mukim Bokok in his capacity as the Acting Penghulu of Mukim Amo Yang Berhormat Haji Emran bin Haji Sabtu was the guest of honour.

A total of 49 participants comprising village heads and acting village heads from the mukim were also present.

The programme saw talks by the NCB on education and prevention of drugs by Senior Narcotics Officer Haji Zulhamazi bin Hamid.

He explained the detrimental effects of drug abuse in society, which is increasingly concerning and needs to be addressed seriously, along with sharing information on dealing with children who have been exposed to this.

Guest of honour Legislative Council member and Penghulu of Mukim Bokok in his capacity as the Acting Penghulu of Mukim Amo Yang Berhormat Haji Emran bin Haji Sabtu at the event. PHOTO: INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

A talk by the Internal Security Department was presented by Acting Head of the Temburong District Internal Security Department branch and representative of the Internal Security Department Haji Ibnusinna bin Haji Hassan, who spoke on the department’s duties and responsibilities including domestic security issues under its supervision.

Meanwhile, a talk was also delivered by Security Analyst from ITPSS Ida Frida binti Abu who touched on ‘keeping your children safe online’ on cyber threats and crimes.

The security analyst also shared smart user tips on technology use, including parental guidance on monitoring IT use among children.

The event also saw an exhibition on the Information Department’s mobile app and the sale of books published by the Information Department, along with an exhibit from NCB and the Internal Security Department.

The programme is an annual activity organised by the Information Department held in mukims all over the Sultanate continuously.

It provides insight to the community through briefing sessions and exhibitions, especially for parents and guardians, on top of increasing and enhancing parents’ awareness on the prevention and control of their children against drug abuse and drug traps, along with issues related to domestic security.