AS we step into another new year, the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation calls on all Malaysians to work towards zero tolerance for crime by developing an anti-crime culture and making safety a way of life.
Although the crime rate index is generally on the decline, more efforts must be made to combat crime through more effective law enforcement and greater public participation.
One of the major issues we have to grapple with is the culture of violence, which is gaining a foothold in our society.
The spate of violent criminal acts is certainly not characteristic of our society and we have to seek the sources and find ways to deal with them.
Let it be the new year resolution of the Government and the community to work hand in hand to tackle the culture of violence in all its forms.
The past year has seen numerous social issues like the drug menace, juvenile delinquency and crime, child abuse, vandalism and littering, moral degradation and the cavalier attitude of road users.
They are an indication of declining values which, if not addressed truthfully, will jeopardise our aspirations to make Malaysia a fully developed nation.
The world today is confronted with a very disturbing phenomenon.
Wherever modernisation and economic development take place and result in better standards of living, new problems crop up.
We not only have to cope with social problems and economic challenges but other issues of tremendous concern to racial integration, unity and nation building.
What is disturbing is hardly a day passes without reports of social ills and juvenile crimes.
It has prompted many to ask what is happening in our society.
The easy way out is to regard them as mere aberrations and hope that given time this madness will go off and life will return to normal.
But the reality is crimes continue to be committed by young people.
We have to examine the causes of these criminal acts and find the answers to stop them.
The Government, non-governmental organisations and the entire community need to embark on a massive “Values for the Nation” programme in the new year to promote human values in our society.
We must not be a society of selfishness and greed, madly pursuing material wealth.
We have to build communities imbued with a caring spirit, moral awareness and spiritual enlightenment.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE,
Malaysia Crime Prevention
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