PADANG TERAP – The Ministry of Education advised all teachers to come forward and report gangsterism in their schools as their safety is assured, said minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said, the ministry is working closely with the police who are also the school liaison officers. They will perform close monitoring on identified gangsterism hotspots.
“I understand that places like these hold certain security threats causing the fear of teachers to take actions or report to the authorities.
“The truth is, the police and State Department of Education have identified the hotspots and they are monitoring these venues,” he told the media after launching the Baiti Jannati event by Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
He responded to the media after being asked to comment on the recent gangsterism issue among school children, which include the charging of 42 students in a school from Klang, Selangor for involvement in gang.
According to Mahdzir, the ministry is awaiting the full report from the police on the status of these students before making any statement.
“There will be no protection, pleas or whatsoever for these students. We give full authority to the police,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also requested certain quarters to stop criticising the Permata Negara programme inspired by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the Prime Minister’s wife. On the contrary, they should study the content of the programme first.
“The programme polishes the potentials in children with special abilities. The children are grouped under the programme and they are groomed from the early childhood learning stages to higher levels.
“The programme commenced in 2010 is great for the country. There are even proposals to make the module of Permata Negara as a reference for early childhood education,” he said. – MalaysiaGazette