THE Housing and Local Government Ministry is awaiting approval from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to enforce the amended Moneylending Act 1951.
Its deputy minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said the A-G’s Chambers had yet to give approval on several matters, including licensing and compounding regulations.
He said several new conditions had been proposed under the amended Act which was passed last May.
Among them were that an applicant must not have a criminal record and should not be a bankrupt or bound by the Banking and Financial Institution Act 1989, Islamic Banking Act 1983, Pawn Brokers Act 1972, Insurance Act 1963, Takaful Act 1984 and Financial Institution Development Act 2001.
Chin, who was replying to a question in Parliament, said associations, private and public limited companies, partnership firms, sole proprietorship bodies and individuals could also apply for the moneylending licences.
Berita Harian quoted him as saying that applicants must make a sworn declaration they had no previous convictions and had not committed any offences under the previous Moneylending Act 1951.
He said ministry officials would also interview applicants and send their details for police vetting if there was a need.
He also said every applicant had to write in to the Registrar of Moneylenders through a form provided by the ministry.
Chin said successful applicants would be required to have a minimum paid-up capital, which had yet to be specified and pay a fee of RM2,000 for a licence, renewable every two years.
Utusan Malaysia said teachers, especially the men, were not setting good examples for the boys in schools.
This is one reason for the growing disciplinary problem in schools, the paper quoted a former lecturer on teen and child psychology from Universiti Putra Malaysia as saying.
Prof Dr Kasmini Kassim told the paper that male teachers, particularly those in boys’ residential schools, had not lived up to their expected role model persona or source of inspiration for the students.
“Studies showed that we have many men teachers but they fail to show a good example as most of them just take the attitude of “washing off our hands” after school hours.
On the same issue, the paper quoted Education Ministry director of schools Datuk Khusaini Hasbullah as saying teachers were not merely there to provide academic lessons.
He said teachers were de facto parents who must provide love and care as would the students’ actual parents, particularly for those who were away from their families in residential schools.
“The emptiness these students feel because of their teachers’ attitude, coupled with the lack of attention from their parents, make them more prone to being influenced by unhealthy activities, including becoming part of school gangs,” he told the paper.
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