The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) finds the state of bullying in Malaysian schools to very disturbing.
If we do not find a way to tackle this problem immediately, our society is going to turn into a violent one.
Before we can work towards eradicating it we must first determine the contributing factors.
If we consider that children are greatly affected by the actions or inactions of their parents, then the main contributing factor to bullying in Malaysian schools is likely the lack of parenting in families nowadays.
This situation is brought on by the demands of the materialistic mentality of our society, where people are willing to forsake everything, even precious time with their children, so that they may buy the latest gadgets and gizmos.
This way of life requires that both parents work to ensure they can earn enough to fulfil their excessive “wants.”
People should live simply and focus just on their “needs”. If they did then only one parent would need to work, leaving the other free to love and nurture their children.
This would be the ideal way of child rearing compared to parents leaving their children to be raised by impersonal caretakers.
Our educational system’s approach to inculcating moral values in children also leaves much to be desired.
Children are taught Islamic Studies, Moral Studies and Civics Studies as part of the curriculum in schools but in a way that is just to promote scoring “As” in exams and not to shape a moralistic human being.
It would be more beneficial if our formal education system actually made children practise good moral values.
CAP asks that the Government set up a Commission of Inquiry to examine the problem in detail and to determine remedial action to address the problem of bullying in schools.
S.M MOHAMED IDRIS
President, Consumers Association of Penang