What the Papers Say (26 August 2009)
The Borneo Post – Kewujudan tidak diiktiraf
The Borneo Post – Peranan Lun Bawang diiktiraf
The Borneo Post – Assemblyman invites foreign NGOs behind blockades for talks
The Borneo Post – Tengah calls for a review of banishment criteria
By Philip Kiew. Thursday, August 13th 2009
LAWAS: The government has been urged to review traditional banishment destinations for hardcore criminals.
In making the call, Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the review was necessary because what used to be remote towns in the past were now well-linked to major urban areas.
“A new approach is needed because with most previously remote towns already made closer to major urban communities because of roads, the original objective of keeping hardcore criminals isolated may be defeated,” Tengah said at the launch of the state-level Crime Prevention Month at SMK Lawas on Tuesday.
According to Tengah, several areas like Lawas, which were the traditional banishment destinations, were now well linked by land, air or sea.
He said the state government had communicated the issue with the Home Ministry and hoped appropriate action would be taken.
Tengah, who is also the state chairman of Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF), also voiced his concern that criminals banished under such order could end up creating havoc to the local community and this could scare away potential investors.
Under the state MCPF, he said, the numerous education programmes had helped raise public awareness in fighting crimes and hoped these would help raise involvement level of society in crime prevention.
He also said the establishment of the Rakan Cop in the state had yet to take off in a big way.
He said it was his hope that the authorities could rope in 5,000 members by year-end apart from active participation in crime prevention clubs at school level.
The minister said fast paced development in the state had to be matched by enhancement of virtues and noble values which were a norm in the past, including collective community spirit against crime.
Tengah later presented prizes to the winners of the various activities participated by students in Lawas district in connection with the launching of the event.
Deputy Sarawak police chief Datuk Hamzah Taib, organising chairman cum Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Naroden Majais, Ba Kelalan assemblyman Nelson Balang Rining, Limbang Resident Maria Hasman and Lawas District Officer Mohamad Supaih Hamdan were among those present.