KUALA LUMPUR, (April 26) — Crimes involving those aged 18 and below are becoming a cause for concern and should be given serious attention.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said crimes involving this age group had increased by 132 per cent last year as compared to 2012.
“Even schoolchildren as young as seven have begun committing crimes. This is the start of something unhealthy, if left unchecked.
“In this respect, prevention is an important element which must be carried out at the early stage.
“The prevention should begin at the primary school level and must be implemented without political ideologies,” he told reporters after opening the Malaysian Community Crime Care (MCCC) Association here today.
He said efforts to prevent and counter crime required the involvement of all quarters, including non-governmental organisations and communities.
Ahmad Zahid said, although the crime index appeared to have dropped by 12.6 per cent, efforts were needed to further reduce it.
The MCCC was registered on May 5 last year to help counter crime and foster community safety, as well as provide guidance to youth on crime prevention. — BERNAMA