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Church and Jamiyah Join Forces to Combat Drugs in Singapore

Minister of State Sun Xueling dialogues with interfaith youth to share perspectives on drug prevention

Combating drug abuse is a battle that all communities face around the world. To help their youths and adult leaders gain a deeper perspective, the Singapore Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, together with Jamiyah Singapore, arranged a special dialogue on this topic on March 26, 2023. 

The guest speaker was Ms. Sun Xueling, Minister of State (MOS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development. It presented a unique opportunity to hear another perspective on the issue from MOS Sun, as well as the panellists and participants of different faiths. It marked yet another collaboration between the Church and Jamiyah in its long history of partnership. 

Guest speaker Minister of State Sun Xueling receiving tokens of appreciation from leaders and fellow speakers Jean-Luc Butel and H. M. Saleem from the Church and Jamiyah respectively. They addressed youth and their parents at a dialogue on combating drugs jointly organized by the Church and Jamiyah on March 26, 2023 at the Church's Singapore Stake Centre.© 2023 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

At the start of the discussion, Singapore Stake President Jean-Luc Butel and Dr. H. M. Saleem, executive council member of Jamiyah Singapore, shared their respective organisation’s perspectives and initiatives in combating drugs. MOS Sun then shared her personal experiences with the issue, adding that faith and religious organisations have played an essential role for those on the death row and their families by providing much needed solace and peace. 

MOS Sun added that an area of focus for the government is Singaporean youth, who account for a significant 50% of new drug offenders. She shared about the government’s efforts to support families who are affected, including by organising a soccer league during the holidays for youths at risk. These families and individuals are also encouraged to seek help from family service centres and befrienders who can provide additional social resources.  

Rachel Seow, a member of the Young Single Adults Ward in the Singapore Stake, said about the event, “The talk by [MOS Sun] was very insightful as I didn’t know that drug usage was so widespread in Singapore. It was good to know that the death penalty is not instantly applied.” 

Other youths who attended the engaging dialogue were able to gain a deeper understanding of the issue and how it affects everyone in the community. It was essential knowledge for the youths today who will become the future leaders of tomorrow. 

Interfaith audience and participants from the Church and Jamiyah take a group photo after the youth dialogue on Combating Drugs with guest speaker Minister of State Sun Xueling. The event was held on March 26, 2023 at the Church's Singapore Stake Center.© 2023 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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