Moral decline worrying

  • Nation
  • Monday, 29 Aug 2005

THE erosion of morals among Malaysians due to the influence of Western elements brought in by the development of information technology is a cause for concern, according to Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. 

Berita Minggu quoted him as saying that youths nowadays did not feel awkward using vulgar language or engaging freely in sex.  

Dr Rais said research had found that premarital sex and infidelity have become a norm among young people today. 

“It is even more depressing to know that teenagers as young as 12 are already familiar with free sex,” he was quoted as saying. 

A report in Kosmo said that the age limit of youth leaders had been identified as one of several reasons why youths were shying away from joining youth organisations and taking part in their activities. 

It said the Government needed to lower the age limit for leaders of youth organisations from above 40 to 35 and below.  

This was important as it would go hand-in-hand with the concept of being youthful and energetic, the paper said. 

Kosmo also said the activities organised by older leaders did not go down well with the younger generation. 

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye also called for the age limit for youth leaders to be revised to enable youths to take over the helm of such organisations. 

Meanwhile, Umno Youth questioned the decision made by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to appoint a foreigner to head the airline, Berita Minggu reported. 

“MAS or other government-linked companies have to give priority to locals to head their operations to avoid being ‘colonised’ again,” the wing's chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said.  

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