|IT IS LAUNCHED: Abdul Karim (third right) together with (from left) Wee, Acryl Sani, Abang Wahap|
and Liew (right) during the launching of state-level Crime Prevention Month 2012.
— Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi
KUCHING: Teenagers and youths in the state are encouraged to join Rakan Cop and Malaysian Crime Prevention Club as part of the efforts to promote crime prevention activities among the younger generations.
Minister of Social Development Tan Sri William Mawan said that the early involvement of teenagers and youths in the two bodies would be the best platform to prevent them from being involved in crime.
In his text of speech read out by Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when launching the state-level Crime Prevention Month 2012 at Kuching Integrated Recreational Centre here yesterday, the Senior Minister also said that it was everybody’s responsibility to maintain public safety and peacefulness in the country.
On a personal note, Abdul Karim who was representing Mawan at the function said, “We must try to ensure there is a culture of working together in our community to prevent crime and how nice would it be if we were to live in a society where crime rarely happens.”
He said he believed these were achievable considering there were already countries such as New Zealand as well as Japan which had very low crime rate.
Due to lesser crimes, the number of police personnel required in the countries was very small, he added.
“The culture of the communities there is such that they work together to ensure crime are not committed. If it happens, the community will work hand-in-hand to ensure that it does not happen again,” he said.
He added he was made to understand that New Zealanders would despise those who build fences around their houses because they think people who do so were trying to isolate themselves from society, which he said demonstrated the strength of their community’s spirit in preventing crimes.
In urging the people to be more proactive in crime prevention, Abdul Karim said they must try to instil the culture of hating crime and having the desire to see that the city was safe from criminal activities.
Also present during the ceremony were state police commission Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Kuching City North Commission Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai, Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association president Datuk Patrick Liew, India Street Pedestrian Mall chairman Dato Wee Hong Seng, state information director Resat Salleh and Kuching district police chief Roslan Bek Ahmad.