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The Sun ( 29 September 1999 )

 

Shah Alam,Mon: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Ong Ka Ting says the National Narcotics Agency’s preliminary results on the urine samples taken from about 10,000 students nationwide showed that 538 have tested positive. "It is a surprise that of this figure,70% are not from broken homes as popularly believed.In fact,they are all schooling and have a working father and a full-time mother. "The tests also show that 20% of them are without any disciplinary record in school," he said,but added that this cannot be seen as proof of the entire situation in schools. The ministry is also waiting for the test results from the Education Ministry’s pilot project on drug addiction in schools conducted early this year,he said after speaking of the role of JKKK in the Safety of the Community and Country at a seminar yesterday. Ong said Selangor recorded the second highest number of drug addicts with slightly more than 20,000 just 4,000 behind the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. The first 6 months of this year registered 9,526,averaging 53 first-time addicts a day,a 79% rise compared to the corresponding period last year. "Drug addiction is still the country’s no.1 enemy.The majority of addicts,about 88% of youth aged between 16 and 19(8%) and 20 and 39(80%).Out of these 98.4% are males.