KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 ― Demanding the most severe form of criminal prosecution for bullies is merely a short-term solution which fails to address the root cause of the bullying culture, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said today.
Suhakam stressed that all parties ― parents, teachers, students, community and religious leaders and the government ― must find a suitable formula to prevent bullying and for society to be able to function within a “culture of non-violence.”
“While the public outcry for loss of life is understandable, Suhakam is of the view that the demand for the most severe criminal prosecution may be a short-term solution as such a response does not address the root cause of this escalating social problem.
“Suhakam underlines that the link between bullying and later delinquent and criminal behaviour cannot be ignored, and early identification and intervention of bullying is therefore necessary to ensure that all children are safe,” Suhakam said in a statement.
The commission said it is deeply saddened by the deaths T. Nhaveen and Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, both of whom lost their lives allegedly due to extreme bullying.
Police have confirmed that Nhaveen, who died after being mercilessly assaulted by a group of teenagers, had succumbed from heavy blows to his head.
Nhaveen was heading to a burger stall with his friend last weekend before he was attacked by his former school bullies with helmets and sticks, leaving him clinically brain dead, and succumbing to his injuries without regaining consciousness, two days ago.
Just earlier this month, Zulfarhan, 21, died at the Serdang Hospital on June 1 after he was allegedly abused over a laptop theft on May 22.