WHEN found guilty of a crime with whipping as punishment, the pain is excruciating.
A group of 110 schoolchildren in Seberang Prai had a glimpse of such retribution when visiting the prison quarters on the mainland.
They viewed slide presentations which showed how convicts were punished with canes of about 2m long and over 1cm in thickness.
Many of them expressed fear and revulsion at the sight of the vivid pictures.
“Eeew! That must be painful,” said one of the students.
Others who could not bear to see the photos of convicts in pain covered their eyes with their hands or paper.
The presentation was among the activities held for the students during a three-hour engagement programme organised by state Prisons Department, state Police Contingent, state Education Department and state Health Department to educate and prevent crime among students.
“We wish to educate the younger generation to stay away from crime, and one way to do it is through education.
“The programme will allow schoolchildren to get close to the police, health and prison officials to understand the legal processes taken after a crime is committed.
“We hope to stop them from ever thinking of committing crime,” said Penang Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee at the programme recently.
Soon, who initiated the event for selected students of SM Mak Mandin and SM Kampong Kastam in his Bagan Jermal constituency, said he hoped other assemblyman would also organise such an engagement programme on a monthly basis to increase the reach.
Penang Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Anil Shah Abdullah said while crime among students in Penang had seen a drop, many cases of drug abuse, bullying and other petty crimes among students remained unsolved.
“We have placed 836 school communication officers liaising with schools to detect early signs of crime and conduct intervention.
“So far, we see the trend of crime in school reducing and we are also monitoring to reduce the dropout rate,” he said.
Also present at the programme were state Prisons director Roslan Mohamed and state Education Department human development sector chief Ismail Said.
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