Nhaveen’s death needs more than stern action taken against perpetraters

The outcry over the death of the late schoolboy, Nhaveen, is yet another sickening round of dramatic promises, politically correct sounding statements, and of course knee jerk reactions from various quarters, let alone cashing in on political expediency.

Jun 23, 2017

Dear Editor,
The outcry over the death of the late schoolboy, Nhaveen, is yet another sickening round of dramatic promises, politically correct sounding statements, and of course knee jerk reactions from various quarters, let alone cashing in on political expediency.

To promise to take stern action against the bullies who were the cause for the lad’s brutalised death seems right but not good enough for a nation beseiged with endless, multiple failures and cracks in the education system.

Yes, we keeping missing the point all over again. We remain adamant in trying to shift accountabilities. We definitely do not have the resolve to shape up once and for all.

First, why were the teachers, who were in the know of bullies present in Nhaveen’s school, not taking concerted, corrective efforts to weed out budding gansterism among the students?

Why were the witnesses at the stall, where Nhaveen was set upon, not acting responsibly and decisively enough to avert this unacceptable death of a young lad? What is the national framework in place that can affirmatively provide a safe correction house for difficult and troublesome bullies in schools all across the country? Why are teachers and principals today unable to drive discipline in their students like the Christian brothers, Christian nuns, and even secular-trained teachers of all races and religious orientations of yesteryears?

Unless and until we have the national humility and patriotic commitment in our hearts to admit that, despite all the spiralling mega structures and our leadership’s determination to transform our nation with multi-billion ringgit sprawling, star studded townships, we have failed miserably with a socially acclaimed education system. We will only wait for yet another day for a similar recurrence, if not, worse.

As the world battles the infiltration of militant terrorists, Malaysia already has share with Malaysians involved as militant operatives overseas.

As the world cleans up its streets of crime, making every ordinary citizen feel and live safe, we continue to live and work in the shadow of crime. Our homes, our vehicles, our places of business are all padlocked, declared security zones, and even armed to the hilt just to stay safe day and night.

Not only are gangsterism, bullying with no qualms about inflicting life threatening injuries and even death, and early involvement in criminal activities rampant among our school boys and girls, we even have ministers clashing and vying to be the bigger ‘samseng.’

Honourable prime minister, let us call a spade a spade. We need an immediate overhaul of our entire education system. We need courage to admit where we have gone wrong in order to jump start the transformation.

Leaders (from all sides of the divide), we need you to walk the talk and stop talking the walk. The question is, as public figures, are you an inspiration and a model to our young? If you are not, then you do not have leadership qualities. Period.

Teachers, you need to be empowered to act within the confines of law, order and your vocation’s calling to ensure that students have fear and respect for you. Do you have it today?

Parents, money and all the trappings that come with it are not the only ingredients for your children’s growth and development. You need to demand and support avenues and mechanisms that ensure that difficult and problematic kids can be treated holistically, without stigmas, and returned to society.

Business communities must see and partake in the integral social engineering that alone can guarantee a growing, developing and thriving society. Seeming Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) dressed up to bring in more profits is the worst crime against humanity.

The law keepers must make their presence felt in schools like they did in the sixties and seventies, collaborating, guiding and aiding school kids, teachers, principals and parents in ensuring that our kids grow up as law abiding citizens. Budgets and manpower weaknesses cannot be the reason for failing. We need a national will. We need a national conscience.

We need a unified society to fight this failed education framework and return to the nation a greater society of people for tomorrow.

J. D. Lovrenciear
Kuala Lumpur

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