Monday, September 04, 2006

Gangsters Recruiting Students. We'll Hunt Them Down Vows Hishammuddin.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein today revealed that gangsters are recruiting students and vowed to ensure they face the law. "I'm warning them. I and the police will not compromise with those involved. We will go all out to hunt them down. We know the gangs, we know which state, schools and gangs involved," he said.

The gangs are believed to have infiltrated schools and coaxed students to join them at cyber cafes, he told reporters after launching a campaign to tackle student indiscipline. He did not give details as the police are investigating.

**** It seems to me that our Education Minister has just woken up from a deep slumber. Either that or he has been too busy politicking to realise that the scourge he is making such a hoo-haa about now has been around for quite a long time. In fact if I'm not mistaken he has even commented on the same subject with the same urgency earlier. However nothing was done then and as sad as this may sound, nothing will be done now. You see, gangsters by and large don't target A-grade schools where VVIP's children attend. They go for the small time schools where Mat Public's kids study or play truant from. Since the minister's children are not affected, whatever the problem that may exist in schools is given serious lip-service, like this current "we'll hunt them down" warning, and things get worse with time.

One of the biggest maladies facing this nation is government inertia. The noble intentions and plans gushing forth from the various ministries and departments and its ministers and senior officials are not translated into real and meaningful action on the ground. This is due to a lack of genuine interest in the problems that plague and hinder our progress. This gangster-student connection is but one example of the negligence of the authorites which has led to the present serious concern. This urgency shown by the minister will dissipate within a few weeks, mark my words.

Earlier related post: Student Discipline: No Plans To Give Teachers Police Power


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samsengs in schools has been there even when I was a student. Normally the guru besar and teachers pretend nothing is wrong. All afraid of acid being poured on the car or face. The school wont tell the education department and they also if they know, hide the truth from the ministry. Hishamuddin should turun padang and talk to some poor parents and their children. Then I will believe he is serious.

11:08 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous poor mother said...

What is happening to our schools? My sons are afraid of some of their own classmates because of their gangster links. the low performers in school are mostly attracted and they feel their self esteem go up when they see the fear in the other students. Those days smoking cigarettes was the biggest crime I could think of but now even girls are puffing away. If I had the money I will send my sons to Singapore. At least they will be safe from gangsters and bad hats there.

2:31 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous another poor mother said...

Singapore also has its share of delinquents. Grass is always greener on the other side. We should stop sending our children to school for a few days as a protest against the rowdyism. Then maybe the education people may listen and do something.

6:44 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who else and what else has he not WARNED? am getting lethargic.

kow chai

10:47 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

anonymous 1, frankly I can't remember any instances of 'samseng' involvement when I was in school. Perhaps being a renowned school we were spared.
poor mother, I too know of parents who have sent their children to Singapore and they seem to be doing quite OK. A good suggestion by you but how many can afford it?
another poor mother, I personally feel that keeping children away from school even for a justified cause is not the best option.
anonymous 2, am in agreement with you about the 'wide ranging' warnings given without follow-up action. No 'walk the talk.'

10:13 AM GMT+8  

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