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Bullying cases, gangsterism in schools at manageable levels, says Education Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR: Bullying cases and elements of gangsterism in schools are relatively small in number and under control, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said such cases have been dealt with accordingly and proactively by the ministry including court action, by working together with the police.
Mahdzir said the number of bullying cases were 0.06 percent, 0.07 percent and 0.02 percent in 2015, 2016 and the first half of 2017, respectively.
“The Education Ministry is serious in dealing with bullying and gangsterism among schoolchildren,” he said in a written reply to Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (BN-Tanah Merah).
He highlighted a number of steps taken by the ministry, such as collaboration with police at all levels by involving the National Registration Department, the District Education office and schools at all levels, improving the School Liaison Officer program and increasing the number of police cadets in schools.
The ministry is also stepping up the activities of the Crime Prevention Clubs in primary and secondary schools, improving the disciplinary complaint system, taking immediate action on any complaints related to bullying and gangsterism, and cultivating the Caring Teacher's Practice.
The nation was rocked recently with the bullying of 18-year-old T. Nhaveen which led to his death. It was reported that Nhaveen was assaulted by a group of five boys as he was returning home with a friend on June 9.
It was alleged that the attackers had inserted a foreign object into his anus during the assault.
Nhaveen succumbed to his injuries at Penang Hospital on June 15 without regaining consciousness.
The case garnered huge social media attention, with many Malaysians expressing their sympathy towards him and his family.
The incident also sparked outrage about increasing bullying cases in the country.
On June 1, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) naval cadet Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, 21, died after he was allegedly tortured and burnt with an iron by fellow students.

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