Martial art expert Jackie Chan has a new feather on his cap. He has become the first anti-drug celebrity ambassador of Singapore. This announcement was made by Masagos Zulkifli, the Second Minister for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs on 7th May.
Chan, who was in Singapore for this announcement, told the media that young people see the use of drugs as a personal choice. He said that it is unusual to experiment with drugs and not get addicted to it. The only choice should be stay away from drugs.
These days, people see drugs as a means of enjoyment; they feel that experimenting with drugs just for the fun of it isn’t anything wrong. However, they don’t realise when the drug starts dictating life for them. Drugs hurt not just them, but their family and they become a bad influence on their friends.
When asked about the death penalty for those who are involved in drug trafficking, he said that although he doesn’t know if death sentences are good, but he agrees that those who sell and deal with drugs are harming a lot of people and they should get a harsh penalty, that teaches a lesson.
Chan is not new in becoming an ambassador for change and making the world a better place. He has previously been the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2004. Chan is a strong supporter of anti-drug campaigns.
His own son, Jaycee Chan has been involved in a drug issue and has served six months in jail in China. Chan said that he strongly believes in anti-drug campaigns, more so because his own family is involved in it. When asked how he felt when he heard about his son’s involvement, he said that he felt shocked and ashamed.