S for S visits Islands District (with photos)

     The Secretary for Security, Mr Lai Tung-kwok, visited Islands District this afternoon (March 11) to learn about the anti-drug services provided to youngsters by an organisation in Tung Chung as well as the latest developments in the district. He also met with District Councillors to listen to their views and concerns on law and order issues in the district.

     Accompanied by the Chairman of the Islands District Council, Mr Chow Yuk-tong, and the District Officer (Islands), Mr Anthony Li, Mr Lai visited the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Tung Chung Integrated Services Centre, where he was briefed on an anti-drug community project launched by the centre to help youngsters deal with drug problems.

     The project, with an emphasis on collaboration between community organisations, has adopted a new service mode to provide diversified anti-drug services including mentoring schemes, workshops, counselling and treatment services, art training, performances and outreach services, to help and support youngsters to tackle drug problems. So far the centre has provided the services to more than 800 young people.

     Mr Lai also met with youth participants in the centre to learn about their changes after joining the project. Mr Lai encouraged them to actively take part in social and leisure activities, which could help them build self-confidence and strengthen their determination to stay away from drugs.

     He also received a briefing from the District Planning Officer/Sai Kung and Islands, Mr Ivan Chung, on the latest developments of Tung Chung new town, the public rental housing development project in Tung Chung Area 56, and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and associated projects.

     During his visit, Mr Lai also met with members of the Islands District Council to exchange views on law and order matters and other community issues.

Ends/Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:36