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by shaun ho
KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry will come up with a programme to ensure youth do not get involved in crime.
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the action plan would be carried out with the cooperation of non-governmental organisations and agencies.
“We will appoint a panel of experts as our advisers and ensure each step is implemented effectively,” he said when opening a national forum on combating crime and gangsterism among youth at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
The event was organised by the ministry with the cooperation of the Malaysian Institute for Research on Youth Development and held in conjunction with the Barisan Nasional Youth Job Fair 2013.
Khairy said the programme would deal with three high-risk groups – those who live in crime-prone neighbourhoods, those who are on the verge of getting involved in crime and those already active in crime.
Commenting further, he said the youth-at-risk will be identified through their level of schooling, family support structure and their leisure activities.
“We are confident that with guidance from young, many youths can be saved, apart from enforcement in reducing crimes,” he said.
Khairy said a pilot project would first be carried out in an urban neighbourhood that will be announced later, possibly in three months.
At the end of the forum, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Institute of Ethnic Studies principal research fellow Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria said the 200 participants had compiled a 10-step action plan.
He said the participants discussed matters such as rehabilitation; sports and recreation; youth organisations; and education and skills training.
He said the final findings of the discussions would be tabled at a meeting with ministry and the MIRYD next month.
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