The Ministry of Home Affairs today announced that Jackie Chan will be Singapore’s first celebrity anti-drug ambassador. Mr Chan, who was at the announcement, said that younger people “increasingly see drugs as a person choice” but one cannot experiment with drugs and expect not to get addicted. He stated that staying away from drugs was the only choice.

Now, I do wonder whether Jackie Chan is the best choice for such a role after the recent publicity over his son’s drug offences. Can he really influence youths to stay away from drugs when he had trouble trying to keep his own children on the right path?no

Of course, on the other hand, his son’s drug problems may also be the reason that Chan is the best person for the job. His resolve to fight against drug abuse will have heightened after discovering his son’s problems. But for now, let’s hope that MHA’s decision to go with Jackie doesn’t bite them back.