KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will go on a roadshow with a touch of fun to thrash school bullies and to tell the young that it is not cool to act tough with fellow students and teachers.
The roadshow also seeks to drum support from parents and others for the ministrys effort to wipe out indiscipline among students and to flex their muscle over their children.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the weeklong stint, which will start on Friday at the Berjaya Times Square here, would feature pop quizzes and lucky draws.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar will launch the roadshow.
Hishammuddin said the anti-bully drive, which will also involve the media and the police, was part of the ministry's continuous campaign to deal with delinquency and truancy.
I do not want to see a recurrence of the tragedy that befell Muhamad Farid, he said, referring to the student of SM Agama Klana Petra in Negri Sembilan who was beaten to death by a group of students in March 2004.
My first agenda when I took over as Education Minister in April 2004 was to nip the problem of indiscipline in the bud, he said, adding that he has formed a ministerial committee to combat it.
The ministry has since carried out numerous activities to drive home the point throughout the nation and to every schoolchild.
He said the roadshow would go to public places that students and their parents frequently visit during the school holidays, which are mainly shopping malls and public squares in the cities.
Hishammuddin said the roadshow would augment the ministrys television commercials, which will continue over TV3 and RTM.
I am satisfied that the (TV) campaigns had shown their effects, based on the increasing number of complaints that we had been receiving.
Between January and September, we received 143 complaints, compared with just 80 complaints over the whole of last year, he added.
Following the launch of the roadshow here, it will travel northwards to Alor Star and Sungai Petani (on Dec 16) and Penang (Dec 16 and Dec 17).
The show will also travel to Taiping and the Sungai Perak R&R area (Dec 17), Ipoh (Dec 18), Johor Baru (Dec 19 and Dec 20), Malacca (Dec 21), Seremban (Dec 22) and Selangor (Dec 22 and Dec 23) before returning to Kuala Lumpur on Dec 23.
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