Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Abdul Karim has doubts on proposed Anti-Social Behaviour Act

SIBU: The proposed Anti-Social Behaviour Act, if it aims at curtailing loitering by random arrests, might not serve to groom the youths into good citizens, Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah opined.

He said he would prefer a more flexible and soft approach of engaging the youth in sports and community-related activities.

This is because in that way, they could integrate with society and be groomed into patriotic and forward-looking citizens, he explained.

Abdul Karim was commenting on Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s statement that the ministry would study the possibility of introducing laws relating to anti-social behaviour, which among others, could control behaviours of minors in public places.

Nur Jazlan had reportedly said it was still at the proposal stage and the existing laws had no provision that allowed action to be taken against anti-social behaviours.

“I have yet to see the content of this proposed Anti-Social Behaviour Act. I hope it is not meant to solve loitering by empowering police to detain underage children and create a culture of fear and hate towards the police,” Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, said.

He added: “The police are so bogged down with so much work now and adding another one for them will be quite a handful…especially if this task is not really related to commission of crime.

“Loitering needs to be addressed by the community…parents, schools, village security and development committees (JKKKs), and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Young children are an active lot and they need avenues and programmes for them to release their energies.”
He said taking an easy way out by confining them to their home might not be a good solution as it would cause a backlash. -The Borneo Post

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