Mounting concern over
street kids influence on local children
KOTA KINABALU (Dec
24, 2008) : The police are concerned that local children could
be influenced by the negative behaviour of foreign illegal street
children in the state.
Sabah Police Commissioner, Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said among the
unhealthy behaviour of these street children were
stealing, gambling, quarrelling, smoking cigarette and sniffing glue.
"The negative behaviour exhibited by these street children could
influence the local children and this situation was unhealthy and
must be tackled.
"The foreigners brought with them their negative cultures from their
own home country and they continued to practice them even thought
they were in another country," he said.
Datuk Noor said this when presenting a working paper at the closing
ceremony of the Crime Prevention Seminar 2008, held at the auditorium
of the Federal Administration Complex, near here today.
He said if the situation was not tackled, these street children who
were uneducated and uncared for could turn to crimes when they grew
He said there was basis for such a worry because during the last
eleven months of this year, 25 percent of the crimes were committed
Meanwhile, he said the Internet contributed the greatest number of
crimes because its content was difficult to filter or check, unlike
According to him, obscene and violence materials, superstitious
beliefs and other negative elements could be influencing the youth
and this could result in unhealthy situations.
"It is no wonder that globalization was one of the reasons for the
widespread criminal activities. Internet was dreadful because of its
borderless nature across countries," he said.
In this regard, he hope that the mass media could play an effective
role in combating crimes through reports that are constructive and
It is obvious that media can exert a great influence on the
community through awareness and reports of educational values.
"The media could educate the community on the role and
responsibility of each individual in the fight against crimes, and
measures to prevent crimes ought to be disseminated.
"Awareness of crime incidents and the punishment meted out to the
criminals ought to be highlighted," he added.
In addition, media practitioners need to cooperate with the police by
disseminating information on how to prevent crimes.
(The New Sabah Times)