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A to­tal of 249 chil­dren and teenagers were de­tained dur­ing a crime pre­ven­tion op­er­a­tion in the vicin­ity of the Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre on Satur­day night.

How­ever, what left Ne­ti­zens shocked was that the youths, as young as 10 with the old­est be­ing 17, had weapons such as pocket knives and knuckle dusters. Some were also found with drugs.

How do we ad­dress the is­sue? What sort of ac­tion can be taken to en­sure that this is a one-off is­sue and that it doesn’t worsen?

Like many things, dis­ci­pline comes from how one is brought up. Ten year olds have no busi­ness be­ing out un­ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents, es­pe­cially in ar­eas like KLCC. Where were their par­ents? Did their folks even know where their kids were and what they were up to? So many ques­tions but so few an­swers. GHAZ­ALI JAFFRI

Is is a gen­er­a­tional is­sue? I’m baf­fled as to how the kids were al­lowed to go out un­su­per­vised at that hour. I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I was 10, I had to ask for my par­ents’ per­mis­sion even when I wanted to go to the play­ground, which was next to my house! Also, I had to be home by 7pm every day, no two ways about it. I didn’t dare go against them, as they were dis­ci­plinar­i­ans. Maybe par­ents are dif­fer­ent nowa­days.


Is any­one else con­cerned about the fact that some of these kids had weapons on them? I mean, what use would a 10 year old have for a knife? Is he mean­ing to rob some­one with it? Or is there a gang fight on the cards? This is even scarier than the fact that the kids are out un­su­per­vised. I sure hope this doesn’t mean that we are see­ing the rise of chil­dren’s street gangs. This is KL, not a Brazil­ian favela.


Ev­ery­one wants to be a thug nowa­days. I hope I’m wrong, but the pes­simist in me thinks that these are gang mem­bers look­ing for easy vic­tims, such as tourists, as we’ll be see­ing many more for­eign tourists com­ing here for the Sea Games. I sure hope this isn’t the case, as I have yet to come to terms with the snatch-theft is­sue. We need se­ri­ous mea­sures in place if our streets are to be safe again.


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