Lam Thye: Violent movies one cause of rise in bullying

Lee-Lam-Thye-ganasKUANTAN: The widespread reach of films and dramas containing violence has been identified as one of the factors leading to the increase in acts of bullying among school students.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-president Lee Lam Thye said today’s teens preferred such films, hence more stringent rules in terms of film censorship should be introduced in this regard.

“Today’s teenagers are increasingly keen on watching violent films, they are easily influenced, and feel that the violence showed in the films is a way to solve problems,” he said.

Lee said this during a press conference after a paying a courtesy call on Pahang police chief Rosli Ab Rahman at the Pahang police headquarters here yesterday.

He said even though there was film censorship, adolescents still found alternative ways to watch movies, such as pirate DVDs or by downloading the movies on the Internet.

Lee also urged parents to play a role in educating their children, so that they could distinguish between the good and bad.

Another important factor in handling bullying, he said, was to ensure that adolescents did not succumb to negative peer pressure.

“MCPF believes that all the factors which cause bullying can be overcome with the cooperation of all parties, such as the Film Censorship Board (LPF) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in monitoring violent films.

“For parenting skills, there are relevant ministries that can help. As for negative peer influence, this can be managed by the education ministry in collaboration with the respective state education departments,” he said.

Lee said the MCPF also felt that the issue of bullying should be discussed at the National Social Council comprising ministers and academics and chaired by the deputy prime minister, to seek long-term solutions.

He said this was to avoid the “issue being discussed only when it occurred”, which was often too late as recent cases have shown.