MORE than 160 criminal offences involving students in Penang were recorded last year, said state police chief Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan.
“About 70 of them were drug- related.
“This year, we have arrested almost 20 students aged between 13 and 18 for drug offences,” he said at a gathering with teachers and students of Chinese schools at Lot 33 in Prangin Mall recently.
Comm Thaiveegan said all the students were arrested outside their schools and some were caught drinking ketum juice.
“We usually refer them to the National Anti-Drugs Agency and the Welfare Department.
“Those aged 16 and below were placed in Tunas Bakti School while those aged 16 to 18 were brought to court.
“Many just wanted to try out new things. They were not even aware that they committed crimes.
“I hope parents will try to get to know their children’s friends, where they usually hang out and what they usually do,” he said.
At the gathering attended by 1,100 children from 110 Chinese primary and secondary schools, Comm Thaiveegan handed out the Chinese version of his book titled ‘Interested to be a policeman?’
The event was a collaboration between the police, state Education Department and the Penang Chinese School Teachers’ Association.
Penang Education Department director Mohd Jamil Mohamed urged more Chinese students to join the police force and teaching field.
Penang Chinese School Teachers’ Association advisor and event sponsor Datuk H’ng Ban Choon thanked the police for maintaining security.
Also present were state Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohamad Anil Shah, state Education Department senior supervisor for Chinese schools Lee Thiam Fatt, deputy director for Chinese Language Teoh Poh Suan and Penang Chinese School Teachers’ Association chairman Loh Yat Cheng as well as Star Media Group Berhad managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.
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