Don’t be afraid to report gangsterism, teachers told

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PADANG TERAP: Come forward and report gangsterism in schools without fear as your safety is assured, Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid today advised teachers.

He said the ministry was working closely with the police, who had stationed school liaison officers to monitor gangsterism.

“I am aware many such areas have security threats, resulting in teachers being scared of acting upon or reporting such problems to the authorities.

“But the police and state education departments have identified the hotspots and are always monitoring them.

“We’re having joint meetings to overcome the problem,” he told reporters after opening the “Baiti Jannati” programme, organised by Tenaga Nasional Berhad here today.

Mahdzir said this when commenting on the issue of gangsterism which has cropped up lately among school students. Earlier this week, 42 students of a school in Klang, Selangor, were charged in court for involvement in gangsterism.

He said the ministry was still waiting for a full report from the police on the position of the 42 students.

“I reiterate that we will not offer any protection, appeal or anything for students in this type of case. We leave it fully to the authorities concerned.”

On another matter, he urged certain quarters to stop criticising the “Pemata Negara” programme mooted by the wife of the prime minister, Rosmah Mansor, but to instead understand first its contents.

“Children with extraordinary thinking are gathered under this programme to burnish their potential.

“From the early education of the children, it has now gone to a higher level.

“The programme, which was founded in 2010, is very good for the country.

“In fact, it was suggested that the ‘Permata Negara’ module be used to formulate children’s early education.”