AMP, in collaboration with its research subsidiary, the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA), holds the Community in Review (CIR) seminar annually to discuss contemporary issues affecting Singaporeans and the Malay/Muslim (MM) community in Singapore.

This year’s CIR is titled Addressing the Drug Menace: Rethinking Preventive, Rehabilitative and Reintegration Strategies. Its featured discussions will gain deeper insights into what the gaps are in current rehabilitation and reintegration approaches, facilitate reflections on the role of the larger structural factors that make certain groups more vulnerable, and highlight the strategies rolled out by various organisations to better address the ongoing and emerging challenges.

The event will be graced by Mr Amrin Amin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health, who will be delivering a keynote address.

This year’s CIR will also feature a visual exhibition, which showcases AMP’s recently launched Development and Reintegration Programme (DRP), a reintegration programme which adopts a structured approach for Muslim offenders from incarceration to post-release, as well as incorporates an aftercare component. The exhibition seeks to reveal the insights and emotions of the beneficiaries undergoing the DRP.

Singapore’s war on drugs dates back to 1971 when the Central Narcotics Bureau was set up, complemented by the setting of Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association in 1972 and the passing of the Misuse of Drugs Act in 1973. Over the years, there have been successes in bringing the drug situation under control but the factors that underpin it are never static. New drug types, the global drug situation and the evolving online world that makes information and substances now more accessible all contribute towards making the vision of a drug-free Singapore elusive. The problems of rehabilitation and reintegration are not detached from the social and economic conditions of a country. Reintegration, for instance, is impacted when an ex-offender trying to find employment to live a renewed life has to fill out a job application form asking to declare previous convictions. The challenges that ethnic minorities face in coping with the broader structural factors, such as the lack of social capital, are also rarely discussed.


Details of the seminar are as follows:

Theme:            Addressing the Drug Menace: Rethinking Preventive, Rehabilitative and Reintegration Strategies 

Date:                Saturday, 16 March 2019

Time:               9.00 am to 12.30 pm

Venue:             Rooms 300-302, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

Attire:              Smart Casual

Admission:      By registration only

Guest of Honour:           

Mr Amrin Amin
Senior Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Health


Assoc Prof Narayanan Ganapathy
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences    
National University of Singapore

Dr Justin Lee
Senior Research Fellow
Society & Culture Department
Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore

Mr Cher Jing En
Associate Psychologist
Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association

Mr Muhammad Sufian Muhammad Salim
Deputy Head of Home
PERTAPIS Halfway House


Registration is now closed. Thank you to those who have registered for the seminar. See you on March 16th.

For any queries, please email us at enquiry@rima.sg

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