Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii attended the online 3rd ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) Meeting hosted by the National Assembly of Vietnam.
Secretary to the Cabinet Minister’s Council and Clerk to the LegCo Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Jaya Dato Paduka Haji Judin bin Haji Asar and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials also attended the meeting themed ‘Turning Words into Actions towards a Drug Free Asean Community.’
The meeting served as a platform for lawmakers to discuss drug abuse issues that are becoming increasingly worrying in the ASEAN region. ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters (ASOD) and representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) discussed the challenges faced in curbing drug abuse.
Drug trafficking from the ‘Golden Triangle’ region, which has yet to be fully controlled, was a key point discussion. As such, AIPA plays an important role (through the executive) in the regulation and control of drug abuse prevention. This includes the implementation of medicine (drugs) during rehabilitation for offenders, which should take into account human rights and regulations of a country as well as the involvement of non-government organisations (NGOs).
The meeting discussed drug prevention situations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. A resolution on the ‘Turning Words into Action Towards a Drug-Free ASEAN Community’ was passed.
The resolution focusses exclusively on AIPA member countries ensuring effective implementation of ASEAN Work Plan on Securing Communities Against Illicit Drugs 2016-2025; increasing awareness on the dangers of drugs; enhancing research on COVID-19’s effects on the drug market, drug use and drug-related crime to provide appropriate response; promoting regional and international bilateral cooperation through information sharing, cross-border cooperation and technical assistance; as well as enhancing the ability to more effectively address drug problems in the region, especially in the post-COVID-19 period.