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.