Youths must understand that Parents would be blamed for their misdeeds

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Source_Star: Parents must accept blame for uncontrollable youths. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/11/22/focus/7474208&sec=focus

MALAYSIA may be fast-growing technologically to become a developed nation by the year 2020 but there is a very serious problem growing just as fast – the deterioration of moral and ethical values among our youths.

Recently, a 17-year-old boy was shot dead as he and his accomplices tried to rob a household by threatening the occupants with parang.

In another incident, three Mat Rempit died while doing daredevil stunts on an uncompleted stretch of highway near Kampung Bukit Tepoh in Tepoh. It has been reported that there are about 2,000 youths belonging to different Mat Rempit gangs in Terengganu alone.

We do not need a developed Malaysia with wild and uncontrollable youths turning this country into a dangerous place. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar himself has highlighted the growing problem of teenagers and youths having no respect for law and order. Teachers are complaining that they are also unable to handle aggressive teenagers in schools.

The cause of all this is the abdication of parental responsibilities. I wonder how parents could allow their teenage sons and daughters to roam the streets in the wee hours of the morning. What is the point of parents threatening the authorities with legal action after a teenager is shot dead for violent crime?

Parents must be made to uphold their responsibilities in looking after their children. The Govern­ment should enforce laws compelling parents to ensure their children are not out in the streets by themselves with gangs and criminal elements.

The family unit in Malaysia is fast deteriorating with a high rate of divorce which is contributing further to our problem. However, there is no excuse to let this problem of uncontrollable youths to escalate.

The Government must not be timid to tackle this problem head-on. Even if some parents are offended by strong action, it should not deter the authorities from taking proactive measures. Irresponsible parents must be charged in court for the violent behaviour of their children.

The laws must be amended to make parents take responsibility for their children if such laws are not in existence. Otherwise, we will be seeing more cases of people having to kill teenagers in order to defend themselves in their own homes or in the streets.

R. DEVARAJ,

Seremban.

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