Visnews filmed Jan 20 the visit of women's leaders from Asian and Pacific countries to Singapore's opium treatment centre on secluded St.
Visnews filmed Jan 20 the visit of women's leaders from Asian and Pacific countries to Singapore's opium treatment centre on secluded St. John's Island, a few miles from Singapore.
The centre, claimed to be the only one of its kind in the worlds, has been run by the Singapore Government since 1955. Its isolation is suited to an undertaking of this kind.
The visitors who had earlier attended the Pan-Pacific Asian Women's Conference in Singapore are from Australia, South America, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaya and other Asian countries.
They visited the men's dormitory, chatted to patients, inspected the tailoring, basket-making and carpentry workshops where instructors help rehabilitate the patients.
Part of the older generation of Singapore's predominantly Chinese population in the past were opium addicts and only complete prohibition and strict Government measures prevented the spread of this habit to the youngsters. The malady has not been completely wiped out; but efforts are being made to cure the addicts and bring them back to normal life.
The visiting delegation were impressed by what is being done for people otherwise condemned to an addiction from which recovery was once considered impossible.