KUCHING - The Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry is looking into the
possibility of implementing in Sarawak a communal enforcement system currently
practised in New Zealand, whereby the leader of a family has the say in deciding
the punishment for a delinquent in his or her family.
Its Minister, Datuk Sri James Jemut Masing said yesterday that the success rate
of this system is very impressive, with a success rate of 90 percent.
"The system is such that the young fear their elders, and this resulted in
minimizing social ills," he said.
He explained that the NZ system, modeled by the set of ethics of the native
Maoris, resembles the Native Courts practised here, but with better enforcing
"Through this system, the family head can punish the delinquent or handing him
or her to the police. An appointed facilitator will help them make the
decision," he said.
He admitted that the proposed system would take some time to implement, as it
would involve a major shift of mindset among the locals. He acknowledged that
social ills involving glue-sniffing, petty thefts and ecstasy pills abuse are on
the rise but still under control.
"At the moment, some families are so laidback that they somehow encourage
delinquents in their families. The families have instead become Pusat Latihan
Pencuri," he jested.
Masing said this during a reception for a visiting delegation from Sabah
Ministry of Youth and Sports at his office in Masja building yesterday.
The delegation, led by its minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, ended their a three
day official visit here.