KUALA LUMPUR: In light of recent bullying cases garnering attention nationwide, the National Public Complaints and Welfare Service Centre (PAR) has initiated a programme in a bid to put a stop to the problem.
PAR chairman Datuk A. Chandrakumanan said they are cooperating with the police to organise a "Say No to Bullying" campaign, which is expected to be launched by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on August 10.
The campaign will focus on Indian students aged from 11 to 16.
"The aim is to ensure that the teenagers are not involved in negative areas such as bullying, anti-social activities and gangsterism.
"The centre, along with the police and Education Ministry, aim to reduce the children's involvement in such activities with the launch of the programme," he told a press conference today.
Asked if the programme would be extended to students of other races, Chandrakumanan said at the moment, the initial stage would focus on Indian students but the centre would also accept complaints from other races.
With the launch of the programme next week, a task force dubbed the Anti-Bully Task Force (ABTF) will also be set up, comprising PAR members, police and Education Ministry staff.
The task force will identify students who are involved in negative activities, and will be responsible for guiding the teenagers and shape them into becoming better and more disciplined individuals.
This will be done through etiquette lessons and also encouraging their interests.
"PAR has been given the mandate to get information on the list of troubled schools from the police," he said, adding that the information would be included in a database to enable them to monitor the youths' activities.
A website under the centre's purview aiming on bully cases would also be launched on August 10.
The website would also enable teenagers to lodge complaints should they become victims of bullying.
Chandrakumanan said the programme will first focus on 960 students from 117 schools in the Federal Territory before extending it to other states.
In July, a schoolgirl was viciously beaten by a group of other girls in Kunak, Sabah.
The one-minute and thirty-nine-second video clip on the incident went viral on social media.
Police had recorded statements from 10 secondary school students over the case.