Ikim: Learn to raise children

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 12 Feb 2004

MORE than 138,000 criminal cases in the past two years involved youths. Among others, this was due to lack of parenting skills and environmental influence, Berita Harian reported. 

To counter this, Malaysian Islamic Understanding Institute (Ikim) chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid suggested that family management, in accordance with Islamic values, be included in marriage courses to show couples how to raise children and manage families. 

“The course should also be offered to maids to help raise children who are physically and emotionally healthy,” he was quoted by the paper as saying at the National Seminar on Juvenile Crime Prevention According to the Islamic Perspective in Kuala Lumpur. 

“Values are translated through actions not words.  

“For instance, children who see their parents lying will not learn about honesty and those with violent and aggressive parents will not grow up to become compassionate individuals,” he said. 

He reportedly told the seminar that police statistics showed that between 300 and 600 juvenile cases occurred annually, mostly involving robberies, house break-ins and gangsterism while figures from the Welfare Department revealed that 3,451 youths had been placed at rehabilitation centres, juvenile detention centres and the Henry Gurney School. 

Ahmad Sarji said video arcades and Internet cafes provided youths easy access to negative elements. 

“At video arcades, they are exposed to games that promote violence and they play to the extent that they forget their studies and prayers. At the cyber cafes they tend to surf websites with pornographic materials that corrupt their minds.” 

In its editorial, Berita Harian proposed that the national anti-smoking campaign focused on young women due to the growing number of smokers in this group. 

The paper also called on traders not to violate laws banning the sale of cigarettes to those aged 18 and below.  

Utusan Malaysia reported on the Agriculture Ministry’s plan to review agriculture imports to curb oversupply of fruits and vegetables. 

It quoted Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying that the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority had been directed to work with relevant agencies within the ministry to find the best method to achieve the goal. 

He said the Government did not intend to block foreign importers from entering the market but was reviewing whether local producers were able to meet local demands. 

He urged local producers to place emphasis on food product safety and quality.  

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