BULLYING and violence among students and young people in the country should be kept in check.
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said it seemed that “this violent culture is gaining a foothold in our educational institutions”.
He said this at the closing of a crime prevention and briefing session for 600 secondary school students and National Service Training Programme participants in Kuching, Sarawak recently. Lee said the National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council had complained about various disturbing developments in schools which it had described as “frightening”.
“Bukit Aman police have said that students’ involvement in crime was about 0.9% of the country’s total crime cases.
“The Education Ministry, meanwhile, has established that indisciplined students comprise over 2% of the the overall student population.
“However, even if the statistics are not alarming, matters of indiscipline in schools like truancy, misbehaviour, thefts and fights leading to violence and injuries must not be tolerated.”
Lee said school principals and discipline teachers must seriously look at these problems to nip them in the bud.
He regretted that children now were fed on a daily diet of violence from movies and the Internet, while cartoons were beginning to contain violent scenes.
“While schools tackle indiscipline and associated problems, police liaison officers have to make more frequent visits to schools to interact with the students to stop them from being involved in gangsterism, crime and other social ills.” he added.
Lee said the 6,082 crime-prevention clubs initiated by the foundation in primary and secondary schools needed to be more proactive in their tasks and ojectives.
He said the clubs were also meant to instil in students, noble values that were vital for human development and nation-building. — Bernama