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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 3 March 1997
110 Negri students expelled
SEREMBAN: One hundred and ten primary and secondary school students in Negri Sembilan were expelled for various disciplinary offences while 135 were suspended last year.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamad Isa Abdul Samad said 4,835 students were also caned for various offences.
"These students were among 28,217 involved in various negative activities from January till November last year," Isa said after launching a community service programme organised by SM Seri Ampangan here yesterday.
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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 9 March 1997
Principals given cane of authority
KANGAR: Representatives of parent-teacher associations from 87 government and private schools in Perlis yesterday presented a cane to school principals to symbolise their desire that teachers educate, discipline and if necessary cane their children.
"We are confident that the 48,368 primary and secondary schoolchildren in Perlis will be more disciplined from now on and strive to pursue knowledge," state deputy director of education Sulaiman Ismail said.
The cane presentation ceremony was attended by more than 2,400 teachers and hundreds of parents, some of them in tears and expressing full hope that teachers would help their children.
"We do not want to abuse the students but educate and discipline them into becoming useful citizens and the cane has always been a symbol of instilling discipline," he said.
Apart from the cane, some Muslim parents handed over a copy of the Quran to the principals in the hope they would also improve their children's spiritual development.
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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 12 March 1997
Samsuri: Social ills can be overcome
KOTA KINABALU: The police are confident that social ills among youth can be overcome as the country's leadership has given the problem priority, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Samsuri Arshad said.
"We cannot pretend everything is all right because things will only get worse," he said.
Samsuri said an integrated approach to resolving social problems among youth, particularly students, was also an effective measure.
"We will work closely with the education authorities and other agencies such as the Community Welfare Department which has the necessary expertise, including counsellors, for youth," he said.
Samsuri said counselling and an emphasis on religion might be more effective than punitive action against errant youths.
On caning in schools, Samsuri said he had no objections, adding that it was meant to create awareness among the students rather than causing them pain.
He said the caning should, however, be meted out carefully by principals as stipulated in school regulations.
"Caning should only be administered under certain circumstances such as after investigation has been carried out to determine whether the student was involved in any wrongdoing," Samsuri said.
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