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KUALA LUMPUR: Wayward youth who want to turn a new leaf should not be given the cold shoulder, said Malaysian Indian Youth Council national president Reghu Devan Lopez.
He said society’s acceptance played a big role in ensuring they did not fall back with the wrong crowd.
“Youth go back to crime because they have no choice. When their families refuse to accept them back, they have nowhere else to turn to other than their old friends,” Reghu said in an interview.
The 34-year-old restaurateur and trainer was among the panellists invited to speak at the National Youth Forum, held in conjunction with the Barisan Nasional Youth job fair, yesterday.
Reghu said that it was his mother’s acceptance that spurred him to stay clear of the underworld figures he met during his detention in Simpang Renggam in 2000 for his involvement as a driver for a gang.
“If my mother had rejected me, I could have been a police statistic on gangs. But she showed me that change starts at home,” he said.
Reghu hoped that society would do its part in welcoming repentant youth back to becoming useful citizens. “Don’t shun them,” he said.
He hoped that the action plan on crime and gangsterism, announced by the Sports and Youth Ministry, would be fully implemented and not remain as just another study.
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