Drug problem is not one that is of a regional problem but of a global extent that recognizes no boundary. The world drug problem remains a common and shared responsibility of all communities. According to Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Second Minister of Defence who is also the Chairman of the National Security Committee of Brunei Darussalam, the problem continues to pose a serious threat to health, safety, security and undermines the well-being of the community as well as economic, environmental and social development of the countries. Therefore, the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Drug Matters (ASOD) plays an important role in ensuring that the work undertaken by the ASEAN member states are in line with the regional goal of a Drug-Free ASEAN. Yang Berhormat stated the matter at the opening ceremony of the 39th ASOD Meeting, yesterday morning.

At the meeting, the 3rd publication of the ASEAN Drug Monitoring Report 2017 by the ASEAN Narcotics Cooperation Centre (ASEAN-NARCO) was launched. The publication represents a comprehensive annual overview of the drug situation of ASEAN in the year 2017 as well as initiatives taken in the demand and supply reduction strategy by the ASEAN Member States.

The 4-day meeting is chaired by Awang Haji Mohd Jaffari bin Awang Haji Mahadi, Acting Director of Narcotics Control Bureau, followed by back to back meeting with dialogue partners and meetings on Transnational Crime. Also present was Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam, Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force.

Source: Radio Television Brunei