The Malaysian government is considering implementing a curfew for those under 18 years of age to prevent them from being on the streets at night past a certain time.
The authorities want to shield young Malaysians from negative activities and influences, especially drugs, by setting a time limit for young Malaysians to be out of them without adult supervision.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said authorities are seriously considering a curfew for children as glue sniffing is becoming a problem among the young.
The Star has reported this as one of the matters raised and agreed upon when Wan Azizah chaired the meeting at The Cabinet Committee on Eradicating Drugs.
“We are looking at this policy practised by Iceland.
“This is a model that we can emulate.
“It may not be easy to implement but we feel this is necessary and can definitely help prevent young people from being involved in negative activities,” she was reported by Asian News Network and The Star saying. Adding jokingly, that it is more difficult for us as it is Malaysia culture to have 24-hours mamak stalls.
Iceland’s Child Protection Act does not allow children under 12 to be outdoors after 8pm unless under adult supervision, where as for children 13 to 16, they are not allowed outdoors after 10pm. Based on a The Straits Time report from 2017, Iceland’s youth have in fact been using less substances such as alcohol, cigarettes and cannabis.
Their model focuses on prevention work that lowers children’s chances of substance abuse, while reducing “risk factors” that lead to them. Those that break curfew are sent to a police station where their parents will have to pick them up.
In addition, Dr Wan Azizah also mentioned work being done to implement a new law to deal with psychotropic substance abusers, adding that it is aimed at tackling the use of inhalants and glue sniffing habits among youth.
“This is still at the proposal stage. We have yet to figure out the punitive actions as well as educational elements that we want to have as part of the law.
“But what is for sure is that we need to ensure that our future generation is not addicted to psychotropic products and glue sniffing,” she said.
She also added that these habits might not look dangerous, but the repercussions can be equal to injecting oneself with drugs or worse.
by BoB Tan
18th January 2019 14:50