Over 15,000 students in Malaysia commit offences

NUSAJAYA - A total of 15,710 students in the state have committed disciplinary offences in the first seven months of the year.

This figure was taken from the Education Ministry's Student Disci­plinary Misconduct System (Sistem Salahlaku Disiplin Murid), said state Education and Information Committee chairman Md Jais Sarday.

He said offences included playing truant, smoking, vandalism, bullying, conducting lewd acts, drug abuse and even offences related to politics, he said when replying to questions posed by M. Asojan (BN - Gambir) and Datuk Saiful Bahri (BN - Bukit Naning) at the Johor State Assembly yesterday.

"To deal with these issues, the state education department has taken steps, including conducting counselling sessions, talks, exhibitions, carnivals, motivational talks and camps for students," he added.

Md Jais said the education department would also be working with the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) to conduct urine tests on students suspected to be involved in drugs, as well as conduct camps for those who tested positive or were found to be involved in police cases related to drugs.

On a separate matter, police have nabbed a total of 1,351 people involved in illegal gambling activities following 3,294 raids between January and July.

State Housing and Local Govern­ment Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi said there were currently 155 licensed entertainment outlets in the state.

"We have also received 172 new applications to set up such outlets.

"The state, however, has decided that all new applications will be frozen," he said, adding that the licences for family entertainment outlets found to have flouted regulations would be cancelled immediately.

He was replying to questions posed by Yeo Tung Siong (DAP - Pekan Nenas) and Ee Chin Li (DAP - Tangkak).

Meanwhile, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (BN - Permas) said Johor had identified five main areas which were of concern to the public from the recently concluded Suara Hati Johor survey.

The sectors were housing, security, religion, infrastructure and economy.

"Feedback from respondents in the survey is important in our efforts to plan and implement policies in line with what the public wants," said Mohamed Khaled.