Lack of discipline is the problem

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  • Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004

I REFER to the letter, “Limit operating hours of eateries,” (The Star, June 10). 

The problem does not lie with the outlets but with the discipline of the children who should have the courtesy to inform their parents of their whereabouts. 

I am not one who regularly goes to a mamak stall, coffeeshop or Internet cafe in the late hours. But I do like to know I have proper places to go when I am hungry or wish to relax if I am working late. 

This was true even during my school and college days when I was burning the midnight oil.  

But whenever I go out or stay out late, I would inform my parents by phone or SMS or write a note on the whiteboard in my home.  

This not only helps reduce the worries of my parents but they also know where to find me and who I am with. If my parents are against it, I will not go out, or I will come home soon.  

The fact that CONCERNED FATHER knew where to look for his son shows he knows roughly where his son normally hangs out. 

If there were no such proper places, any parent can be circling everywhere and not find their children. Closing these places will not stop his son from hanging out with his friends late at night. 

CONCERNED FATHER should not deprive other patrons of 24-hour coffeshops or stalls of the convenience because his son does not have the discipline to know when to play and when to study.  

A PATRON AND SON, Petaling Jaya. (via e-mail)  

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