Cops team up with schools, NGOs to curb gang cul­ture

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice are work­ing with schools and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) to curb gang­ster­ism among school­child­ren.

Deputy In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said po­lice were en­gag­ing with li­ai­son of­fi­cers in each school to bet­ter un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion.

“Our tar­get is to hold dis­cus­sions with par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tions.

“Such cases in schools should not go un­re­ported as po­lice would like to work hand-in-hand with par­ents, teach­ers and NGOs to curb the ac­tiv­ity.”

Noor Rashid said this af­ter launch­ing the “Say No To Bul­ly­ing” cam­paign at the po­lice Train­ing Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier, he gave a speech to some 1000 stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing more than 100 schools, who took part in the ini­tia­tive be­tween po­lice and the Na­tional Pub­lic Com­plaints and the Wel­fare Ser­vice Cen­tre.

Dur­ing the launch, a task force dubbed the Anti-Bully Task Force was set up, com­pris­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion mem­bers, po­lice and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry staff.

It would iden­tify school­child­ren who were in­volved in neg­a­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, and would be re­spon­si­ble in mould­ing them into be­com­ing bet­ter in­di­vid­u­als.

Na­tional Pub­lic Com­plaints and Wel­fare Ser­vice Cen­tre chair­man Datuk A. Chan­draku­manan said yes­ter­day the cam­paign would fo­cus on In­dian school-chil­dren aged be­tween 11 and 16.

Chan­draku­manan said the pro­gramme would fo­cus on In­dian stu­dents dur­ing the ini­tial stage of its im­ple­men­ta­tion,

He said cen­tre would ac­cept com­plaints from other races.

BY MO­HAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI PIC

Deputy In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (cen­tre) and Na­tional Pub­lic Com­plaints and Wel­fare Ser­vice Cen­tre chair­man Datuk A. Chan­draku­manan (fifth from right) launch­ing the ‘Say No To Bul­ly­ing’ cam­paign in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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