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Majority family woes linked to drugs: Minister
Published on: Saturday, June 01, 2024
By: Marutin Ansiung
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Majority family woes linked to drugs: Minister
Flovia (3rd left) receiving a souvenir from Hajah Haslina while Rubin (second from left) and Mas Syazwan (left) look on.
Tenom: The cases of domestic violence that are increasing in Sabah need to be curbed, said Assistant Minister of Community Development and People’s Welfare, Datuk Flovia Ng. 

She said this is very important so that children are not oppressed or mistreated by those who are supposed to be their protectors.

Flovia also said issue of drug abuse should be eradicated at all levels. 

“This is because most family problems are caused by drug addicts,” she said while inaugurating the Santuni Wanita Outreach Programme “Making Services Towards Wellbeing” in Melalap and Kemabong, organised by the State Department of Women’s Affairs (Jhewa), at Datuk Seri Panglima Antenom’s Hall on Tuesday.

The program was attended by 176 participants and was also joined by Kemabong Assemblyman Datuk Rubin Balang, Tenom District Officer Mas Syazwan Haji Masood, Jhewa Director Hajah Haslina Ismail, Community Development Leader (PPM) Melalap Simon Mamat, as well as heads of departments and community leaders.

During the program, she called for all parties to intensify efforts to combat drug abuse at the root.

Flovia, the Tulid Assemblywoman, described it as a flagship or new initiative of a high-impact project in the human capital sector and people’s well-being. 

She said it aligns with the direction of the Ministry of Community Development and People’s Well-being (KPMKR) for the period from 2021 to 2025 under the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) plan.

Flovia said the main purpose of this program is to fulfill the government’s commitment to providing various services, especially those brought by Jhewa and other agencies. 

She said the programme, which has been ongoing since November 2021 in collaboration with strategic partners, has evolved into a highly effective platform for service delivery and knowledge sharing. 

This platform plays a crucial role in Jhewa’s efforts to empower women and society at large, ensuring their relevance and ability to meet current needs.

“As a manifestation of the state government’s commitment to the sustainability of women and society in Sabah, today the Women’s Santuni Outreach programme is making history for the first time in this district,” she said.

The programme is indeed very significant and throughout its duration, Jhewa has welcomed almost 3,910 people across 40 constituencies from 2021 to 2023. 

“Basically, in addition to addressing legal and social issues in each constituency, this programme also focuses on entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, education, job opportunities, and people’s health,” Flovia said. 

Among the talk slots in the program is the issue of women’s rights in marriage from a legal perspective.

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