21 June 2017, Rumah Pengasih, Kuala Lumpur – The Minister of Home Affairs from The Republic of Maldives, Mr. Azleen Ahmed, visited Rumah Pengasih today. The Minister arrived at 10:00 together with other government officials.
The visitors were welcomed by Hafizi Harun and Roslan Yahya. We have had a very productive dialogue session. The official visit was to better understand our rehabilitation programs.
Over the last decade, Pengasih Malaysia has worked closely with Maldives on addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs. Not only has Maldives sent trainees here but we have also conducted trainings in the Republic. We have had a number of Maldivians who sought treatment with us.
We hope to assist Maldives in improving their addiction treatment program. The relationship between Pengasih and Maldives is only getting stronger.
14 – 16 June 2017, Rumah Pengasih, Kuala Lumpur – Events and festivities are known triggers leading to relapse. This is because in the past celebrations are associated with more than usual drug-use in a bid to celebrate. When one battles addiction, they are isolated and miserable hence when others are mingling happily with each other during celebrations, the addict will be in the room getting high or worse still, no where to be seen. These troubling memories which come back now that one is sober and clear-headed are among some of the factors that act as triggers.
We organise a 3 day Relapse Prevention Workshop annually during the month of Ramadan before a number of qualifying residents go on home-leave.
The workshop which is aimed at educating the residents on drug addiction, relapses and ways and means to avoid relapsing by means of seminars and workshops which are conducted by members of staff. “Empowering Recovery through Knowledge” is the theme for this years’ workshop.
The Relapse Prevention workshop was organised and supervised by Hafizi Harun who is the Director of Training at Rumah Pengasih. Hafizi has attained a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology to compliment and strenghten his recovery. He presented the first paper of the day after a speech by Datuk Yunus who oversaw the entire project.
Other speakers include Veera Noor (Director of Human Resource), Azhar Rahman (Program Manager) and Case Officer Azroy Zainal.
On the final day, the residents participated in a psychodrama based on the relapse prevention technics they had learned.
Supper was prepared by Chef Naza for all three days.
13 June 2017, Rumah Pengasih Kuala Lumpur – PENGASIH organised a Majlis Berbuka Puasa in conjunction with Ramadan here today. Y.B Dato’ Seri Azalina Othman Said was greeted by Datuk Yunus Pathi and Datuk Misah Nor (volunteer to Rumah Pengasih) when the minister arrived here at 6:30pm. The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was taken on facility tour by Yeop and Datuk Misah.
Both staff and residents prepared for Ifthar, a religious observance of Muslims who gather to break fast as a community during the Holy Month of Ramadhan.
Yeop in his speech spoke about how the new generation of drug users (referring to methamphetamine users) like taking shortcuts. They are not willing to go through the process of working towards being successful which involves patience, resilience and hard-work. Instead they want the end result minus the effort. Before thanking the minister for her support Yeop stressed that drugs are not the problem instead those who abuse drugs are.
Dato’ Seri Azalina commended Yeop for being the pillar behind the success of Rumah Pengasih. She then explained that there are approximately 1000 inmates in prisons on death row across the country waiting to be executed for drug related offences. These unsuspecting scapegoats are recruited by international drug syndicates as drug mules. Dato’ Seri also reminded everyone present that recovery is about practising moderation. The Law Minister hopes that the residents of Rumah Pengasih will return to society soon.
Dato’ Seri Azalina presented Rumah Pengasih with a cheque of RM100 000.00.
A hearty dinner was then served. Dinner was sponsored by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur together with the canopy.
The crowd of 350 people dispersed soon after dinner.
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Sidang media dan sesi fotografi diadakan selepas acara tersebut.
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