Zahid: Review juvenile crime laws to include educational aspect

11-Jan-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called for a review of laws related to juvenile offenders.

Zahid, who is also Home minister, said juvenile offenders should be rehabilitated and not imprisoned.

He said this would prevent them from committing more serious crimes in the future.

“We cannot just punish and not educate them. If we are to imprison youngsters, they will learn to commit heavier offences in prison.”

“The prisons will also become a ‘school’ for to train them to commit heavier crimes. So, that’s why we (need to) separate them from prisons and put them in institutions like Henry Gurney schools,” said Zahid after opening the Crime Prevention Education Convention here today.

He was responding to questions on the 159 juveniles detained under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.

He was also asked whether such children should be protected under a different Act instead of being criminalised under existing laws.

Zahid acknowledged that existing laws related to juvenile offenders could be improved.

He also said the curricula at Henry Gurney schools were “very effective”.

Zahid said this was why youths involved in crime were placed in institutions to continue their studies. He also said they could sit for school-level examinations at these institutions.

“Most who come out of these places also have a negligible recidivism rate,” he stressed.

Zahid also called for the setting up of Crime Prevention Clubs in schools under the supervision of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF).

He said the clubs should hold more outdoor activities instead of talks, and that the police were ready to assist teachers in this matter.

The convention, which was organised by MCPF, was aimed at training teachers on crime prevention. About 1,700 people, mostly teachers from schools in Kuala Lumpur, attended the event.

Also present was MCPF senior vice-chair Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and the foundation’s Kuala Lumpur chapter chair Bok Siew Mun.


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