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Monday, December 28, 2009

What has seriously gone wrong with us?

THE gruesome murder of yet another young girl, found strangled and dumped into a retention pond near Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, has not only touched the social conscience of Malaysians but also led us to ask what has seriously gone wrong in our society.

Malaysia is waking up to the realities of not only child abuse but also brutal killings of children. There have been several high-profile murder cases involving children over the years.

Victims like Nurin Jazlin, Nurul Huda Abdul Ghani, Shalinie Mohd Nashar and Hasirawati Saridi are still fresh in our minds. With the gruesome murder of defenceless children, can we claim to be living in a civilised age?

Every time a brutal crime occurs there is an expected public outcry. But the question is what are we doing, and are we doing enough to address the issue and identify the root cause of the problem?

The spate of violent criminal acts is certainly not characteristic of our society, and we have to find ways to address them.

The time has come not only for the relevant authorities but also the entire Malaysian community to work relentlessly, not only in fighting crime but also in finding out the causes of these horrendous crimes and the nature of the criminals involved.

The easy availability of pornographic materials is, I believe, one of the main factors for the increase in sexual crimes.

Pornographic materials through pirated VCDs sold cheaply everywhere is not the only problem. There is also addiction to cybersex, sex aids, pornographic websites, etc. leading to the corruption of young minds.

There is also the problem of Ecstasy pills and other stimulants easily available at entertainment spots, which has gone on unabated.

There is a need to look at the root cause of severe child abuse by parents themselves.

Nurin Jazlin’s murder and other cases of missing children have highlighted once again the need to give better protection to children involving the parents themselves, the relevant Government agencies, non-governmental organisations and society as a whole.

In schools, children must be taught to be wary of strangers and not be easily misled by people unknown to them.

The major responsibility lies with parents to protect their children and to keep them away from danger. They must never allow their children to go out by themselves; even when bringing their children out for example to night markets or shopping complexes, parents must never lose sight of their children.

A better tracking system of perpetrators of crimes against children must be devised so that they can be brought to justice, and punishment commensurate with the crime must be meted out to them.

Police presence must be stepped up in crime-prone areas, and the public must be more proactive in raising the alarm when they suspect crimes are occurring and be ready to come forward to provide information to the police for investigation purposes.

TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE,

MCPF vice-chairman,

Kuala Lumpur.

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