The Health Ministry is willing to help run mental screening on individuals at risk before they are hired for employment, its deputy minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said.
He said the ministry was ready to cooperate if there were requests to ensure workers being hired, especially former drug addicts were not at risk from the mental aspects.
“Those who have been involved in drug abuse are more likely to take an irrational action that can plunge themselves into a more serious situation,” he said today.
He was met after visiting the family of Intan Suraya Mawardi, 17, who was allegedly raped and murdered at a flat in Bandar Baru Teluk Kumbar on Sunday.
In the incident, the body of the fifth former of a secondary school in Teluk Kumbar was found lying on the bed wrapped in blankets by her father, who had returned home at 7.30pm.
In connection with the incident, police have arrested a 20-year-old man, a school security guard here, who has drug-related criminal record.
Dr Hilmi also urged employers to make it compulsory to conduct thorough screenings in the recruitment of workers who had criminal records to prevent untoward incidents.
“The ministry will help the victim’s family to have counselling sessions soon to give them moral support,” he added.
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