TAK­ING A STAND AGAINST BUL­LIES

Pub­lic ser­vice cen­tre and po­lice to launch anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign

New Straits Times - - News - HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

IN light of re­cent bul­ly­ing cases na­tion­wide, the Na­tional Pub­lic Com­plaints and Wel­fare Ser­vice Cen­tre (PAR) has ini­ti­ated a pro­gramme to put a stop to the prob­lem.

PAR chair­man Datuk A. Chan­draku­manan said they were co­op­er­at­ing with the po­lice to or­gan­ise a “Say No to Bul­ly­ing” cam­paign, which was ex­pected to be launched by In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on Aug 10.

The cam­paign will fo­cus on stu­dents aged 11 to 16.

“The aim is to en­sure that teenagers are not in­volved in neg­a­tive prac­tices, such as bul­ly­ing, anti-so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and gang­ster­ism.

“The cen­tre, along with the po­lice and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, aim to re­duce the chil­dren’s in­volve­ment in such ac­tiv­i­ties with the launch of the pro­gramme,” he said yes­ter­day.

With the launch of the pro­gramme next week, a task force dubbed the Anti-Bully Task Force will also be set up, com­pris­ing PAR mem­bers, po­lice and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry staff.

The task force will iden­tify stu­dents who are in­volved in neg­a­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, and will be re­spon­si­ble for guid­ing the teenagers and help­ing them to be­come bet­ter and more dis­ci­plined in­di­vid­u­als.

This will be done through eti­quette lessons and by en­cour­ag­ing their in­ter­ests.

“PAR has been given the man­date to get in­for­ma­tion on the list of trou­bled schools from the po­lice,” he said, adding that the in­for­ma­tion would be in­cluded in a database to en­able them to mon­i­tor the youths’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

A web­site un­der the cen­tre’s purview aim­ing on bul­ly­ing cases would also be launched on Aug 10.

The web­site will en­able teenagers to lodge com­plaints should they be­come vic­tims of bul­ly­ing.

Chan­draku­manan said the pro­gramme would first fo­cus on 960 stu­dents from 117 schools in the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory be­fore ex­tend­ing it to other states.

BER­NAMA PIC

Na­tional Pub­lic Com­plaints and Wel­fare Ser­vice Cen­tre Datuk A. Chan­draku­manan show­ing a leaflet about the anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign at a press con­fer­ence in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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