Posted on July 5, 2012, Thursday
by Philip Kiew, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIMBANG: Students involved in criminal activities, especially those involving drugs, are serious matters and must be reported to the Education Ministry, Education Department and the police.
Deputy Minister of Education Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said under no circumstances should schools hide drug or crime-related problems from the authorities as, among others, the open media of today demanded transparency.
“We take a serious view of student involvement in crimes, including drug abuse. All school authorities must give their full co-operation to the police to overcome such problems,” he told reporters after presenting a coach bus from the ministry to the District Education Office here yesterday.
The event was witnessed by, among others, Limbang MP Hasbi Habibolah, Bukit Kota assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Limbang Resident Maria Hasman and district education officer Mohd Dzul Badzli Abdullah.
Wee was asked by the reporters for comment regarding the frustrations faced by Limbang police in tackling drug abuse and crimes involving students.
Limbang police chief Superintendent Mohd Bukhori Saffai revealed on Tuesday that some schools openly refused to co-operate with his men to solve these problems.
He cautioned that their reluctance would eventually lead to the spread of social problems.
The latest incident happened last Sunday when two youths here, including a 14-year-old student, were tested positive for Syabu. Their arrest led police to believe that more students, aged between 14 and 16 years, were into drug abuse, but the refusal of the schools to co-operate left police dumbfounded.
“Disciplinary problems, including students being involved in drug abuse, are serious matters and should not be hidden from the public. I want to remind schools to co-operate with police and be transparent in their action,” said Wee
He added that he was worried about the rising number of students caught nationwide for being involved in drugs.
“Schools must find solutions and not conceal the problems as we have to be more open in tandem with current development in the open media. All information would be known eventually even if they try to hide it.”
Wee said apart from the police and the National Anti-Dadah Agency ( AADK),
Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) must also do their bit by keeping a hawk eye on the students to ensure everyone toe the line.