BAGAN DATUK - The family institution should be strengthened in an effort to create a social balance between parents and children, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said social problems, including cases of bullying and baby dumping among youths and children in the country, have become a concern among the people.
“The family institution should be strengthened and empowered so that children do not become unruly when they are out of the house.
“We do not want parents to be so busy with their jobs that their children’s needs are neglected,” he said at the opening of a seminar on child safety in conjunction with the Negaraku Keluarga Bahagia programme organised by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in Sungai Sumun here yesterday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, reminded parents and schools to report incidences of bullying involving their children or students.
Citing police statistics, he said 2,322 cases of bullying had been reported since 2012 until June this year.
“That is the number that was reported. What about cases of bullying that were not reported? Put aside the embarrassment of protecting your name or image. If your child or student is bullied, report it to the police so that action can be taken.
“Hiding it will not solve the problem,” he said, adding that it would be pointless for Malaysia to be a developed country if crime among children could not be contained.
At a separate function earlier, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Finance Ministry was looking into the possibility of raising fuel subsidies to ensure fuel prices do not continue to increase in the market.
He said the matter would be brought to the National Economic Council meeting today for further discussion.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was asked what the Government was doing to ensure fuel prices in the market do not continue to rise.