Brunei Darussalam and member countries of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, AIPA discussed several issues to combat drugs in the region, in line with the regional organisation's aspiration of making the ASEAN community free from drugs. The discussion was held in Manila, Philippines, during the 13th Meeting of the AIPA Fact-Finding Committee, AIFOCOM to combat the drug menace. The meeting among other matters discussed reports presented by member countries on the status and situation of dangerous drugs.
The country was represented at the meeting by Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Ramli bin Lahit and Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad; Members of the Legislative Council, and Dayang Rose Aminah binti Haji Ismail, the Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Council.
The two resolutions discussed at the meeting included 'Transforming AIFOCOM into AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs and Strengthening its role and mandate as a parliamentary tool to combat dangerous drugs'. The second resolution meanwhile touched on 'Forging inclusive partnership towards a drug free ASEAN community'. As lawmakers, AIPA members need to support this aspiration by adapting laws and improving cooperation and best practices among member countries to combat dangerous drugs.
Source: Radio Television Brunei