Sunday August 17, 2008 - The star
KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has asked for a meeting with Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan for help over the sharp rise in crime among Indian youths over the past few months.
Its president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the community was alarmed at the recent spate of violent crimes involving its youths being reported in the media almost daily.
“This is a worrying trend and the MIC together with its youth wing and the YSS (Social Strategic Foundation) have decided to meet the police to find a quick solution.
“We’re inviting Indian youths from all quarters to also come forward with their own proposals on how to solve this pressing problem,” he said yesterday.
Samy Vellu said Indian students in the secondary schools should be tackled first to ensure they were not influenced by undesirable elements.
He said that anti-crime programmes aimed at the secondary schools were held a few years back and were a success but these had been scaled down due to lack of finances.
He said gangsterism and other crimes had resurfaced in secondary schools, citing a case where students belonging to a Gang 08 had a celebration in a school in Klang to commemorate the auspicious date 08-08-08 (Aug 8, 2008).
Police disrupted the celebrations held in a secluded area in the school and detained three gang members.
Samy Vellu said the MIC has also proposed that convicts released on parole should be given training under the government’s skills training programme.