SEPANG – Nineteen out of 625 drug parolees in Baling, Kedah have been given the opportunity to perform the Umrah (minor Haj) under the supervision of the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK).
The group is sponsored by Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who is also chairman of Tabung Haji.
One of the participants, Mohd Nor Adnan, 32, said he was thankful that he was chosen to perform the holy deed, as although he had long held the intention of going to Makah, his small wages had not allowed him to do so.
For Mohd Almiqdad Abdul Rashid, 24, being a guest of Allah for a second time is a huge blessing for him, and he is confident that it would be a catalyst for him to be free from drug abuse.
The entourage also includes eight personnel from the AADK to provide assistance and for monitoring the parolees while they are in the Holy Land.
According to AADK’s enforcement and security director Jasri Kassim, the programme is the first of its kind organised by the agency in efforts to provide support and encouragement to those undergoing drug rehabilitation.
“We hope such programmes can be continued with sponsorships from other parties and this is part of the religious activities organised by AADK for drug parolees,” he said.
He said the 19 had been chosen based on their recovery level and commitment towards programmes organised by AADK in Baling. – BERNAMA