SIBU: Imposing a blanket curfew for all kids is not right, said Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in reacting to the Home Ministry’s (KDN) call for state governments to ban children in their early teens from loitering around city areas, roads and certain locations late at night.
Its deputy minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed reportedly said the ban was necessary to tackle untoward incidents, such as the cycling tragedy at Lingkaran Dalam Road in Johor Bahru last Saturday.
According to Nur Jazlan, the curfew should be imposed by state governments so that owners of sites, locations or premises do not allow under-age teenagers from coming to these places late at night.
On this, Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, said: “I can’t see this curfew for state government to impose as proposed by the deputy minister as logical.
“We are all very sad with the tragic incident involving these young kids and we hope it will not recur, but having a blanket curfew for all other kids because of this tragic incident is not an appropriate solution.
“The government should look for a way to educate parents on how to look after their kids and to create more avenues for kids to play and cycle instead of them doing it on the busy street when harm could happen to them.”
Nur Jazlan, who is also Pulai Member of Parliament, was reported to have made the suggestion after attending the constituency’s Chinese New Year celebration in Johor Bahru on Sunday.
He was commenting on the tragedy in which eight teenagers were killed and eight others were injured when they were mowed down by a car at 3am last Saturday. -The Borneo Post