PETALING JAYA: The pilot project of the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) will be extended to curb drug addiction and social deviance, with a second phase to begin from January next year.
According to AADK director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah, the first phase of the project launched on July 1 this year, was implemented in 12 locations in seven states and will end this month.
The project’s second phase will be conducted in the same areas with other non-governmental organisations who will provide counseling services to individuals with drug addiction.
Feedback on the first phase of the project will be used to undertake improvements in the second phase, while the outcomes of the pilot project as a whole will be used to fine-tune the project, with the aim of using it as a model to be replicated across the entire country beginning 2021, Zulkifli said.
He said, among the achievements recorded in the first phase of the project was the decrease in thefts by about 13.9%. The school truancies had also dropped.
Targeted areas for the first phase of the project include the Sri Mentari Flats in Petaling, Selangor; Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sungai Bonus in Kuala Lumpur; Felda Keratong 3 in Pahang; Pengkalan Chepa in Kelantan and Parit Sulong in Johor.