It has been revealed that theft, fighting, rape and burglary are among the top criminal offences committed by students in Johor. According to Johor Police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, 99% of those involved in these crimes were secondary students aged between 13 and 18.
Although the student arrest index dropped from 538 cases from January to October this year compared to 1,230 in 2019, the trend is still worrying, said Datuk Ayob Khan.
To curb this, the police collaborated with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to develop the Children and Teenagers Crime Awareness Module (MEKAR) to be used in 1,374 primary and secondary schools, as well as higher learning institutions in Johor.
He said MEKAR focuses on three main modules which are narcotics, sexual harassment and social crimes, that will also incorporate psychological and counselling elements to instil awareness among students.
“If we educate them (the students) at the primary school level using this module, I am confident that when they attend secondary school, they will already have awareness about crime.
“I will ensure consistent and continuous implementation (of the module)… InsyaAllah, it will start after the Covid-19 pandemic is over,” he said during a press conference after the module’s launch ceremony.
Datuk Ayob Khan said that among the objectives of MEKAR is to raise the awareness of the dangers and negative effects of crime and to act as early prevention, hence reducing the crime rate among teenagers and children in Johor.
He said MEKAR will be implemented for two hours through various ways, which includes lectures, small group discussions and video screenings each month.
“The delivery method for these modules will be adjusted according to the target group, meaning the delivery techniques, communication elements, activities and module delivery will differ to ensure the delivery of information takes place in an effective and interactive manner,” he said.