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G25 is committed to pursue a just, democratic, peaceful, tolerant, harmonious, moderate and progressive multi-racial, multi cultural, multi religious Malaysia through Islamic principles of Wassatiyah (moderation) and Maqasid Syariah (well-being of the people) that affirms justice, compassion, mercy, equity.

Malaysia is to be led by rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights and upholding the institution of the country.

We aim to ensure, raise awareness, promote that Syariah laws and civil laws should work in harmony and that the Syariah laws are used within its legal jurisdiction and limits as provided for by the federal and state division of powers.

There should be rational dialogues to inform people on how Islam is used for public law and policy that effects the multi ethnic and multi religious Malaysia and within the confines of the Federal Constitution, the supreme law of the nation.

We work in a consultative committee of experts to advise the government and facilitate amendments to the state Syariah laws, to align to the Federal Constitution and the spirit of Rukun Negara.

It is imperative to achieve a politically stable, economically progressive Malaysia and to be able to enjoy the harmony, tolerance, understanding and cooperation in this multi diverse country.

Study: Higher chance of relapse among addicts forced into rehab

KUALA LUMPUR: Drug addicts forced to go for treatment have higher chances of relapsing into their old habit, a recent study shows.

Centre of Excellence for Research in Aids (CERiA)’s Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman said Cure and Care participants had an 84% decreased chance of relapse compared to those admitted into drug rehabilitation centres - either by force or compelled by a court order.

The study by Universiti Malaya - which has yet to be published as it is undergoing a journal review process - compares compulsory detention to voluntary methadone therapy for opiate-dependent persons in Malaysia.

The 300 sample size was divided into two groups - a batch of 150 who came to the Cure and Care service centre (CCSC) voluntarily and another 150 admitted into national drug rehabilitation centres (Puspen) involuntarily.

“We followed up with the group from Puspen a year after they left the rehabilitation centre.

"For the other group, we followed them since the day they first used methadone treatment (at CCSC) and we followed up with them for a year,” she told reporters after a briefing session with the National Anti-Drugs Agency and the Youth and Sports Ministry here Tuesday.

The study found that Puspen participants relapsed 31 days after release compared to 352 days for those receiving voluntary treatment.

“So, you can see that the difference is very, very big. This is the first time that anyone has ever compared the two treatments head-to-head,” she said.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who sat in the briefing, said 75% of recorded drug addicts in 2014 were those below age 40.

“Drug addiction is a disease. We should not focus on criminal punishment for the addicts but we need to focus on the healthcare given at CCSC and other drug rehabilitation centres.

“In a recent Cabinet meeting, we spoke about initiatives to re-look into the National Anti-Drug policy so that the methods of harm reduction, rehabilitation, cure and care would be given its due place.

“I believe a presentation will be done before the National Social Council and later before the Cabinet for approval,” he added.

The Star

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