Radzi Jidin: working group among the few initiatives taken by the Ministry of Education to combat bullying in schools

Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin speaks during a press conference in Alamanda, Putrajaya on August 13, 2022. — Photo by Firdaus Latif

By Ashman Adam

Saturday, August 13, 2022 4:46 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, August 13 – Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said today that several initiatives are already underway to tackle bullying issues in Malaysian schools.

Speaking to reporters during the education transformation presentation at Alamanda Mall, Putrajaya, he said among the initiatives is the establishment of a task force to examine the prevalence of bullying in schools.

“In terms of bullying in schools, we first set up a task force chaired by former Director General of Education Dr Habibah (Abdul Rahim) to see what we need to look at. and what we can do within the regulations we have to address bullying in schools.

“So that’s what the task force is looking at right now,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Education also has plans with the Ministry of Interior to launch a program called “Sekolahku Sejahtera Sepakat Selamat”.

“We would work closely with the police to make sure conditions in schools are safe and that our children feel schools are a safe place.

“With this, we hope that the cases of bullying in schools will drop significantly,” he told reporters.

He also said the ministry would launch an anonymous portal to report cases of bullying in schools next week.

“This portal will allow users to report cases of bullying either by email, through the existing reporting system in the portal, or through a hotline.

“So if you are involved or aware of a case of bullying and would like to report it anonymously, there is now a platform for you to do so. won’t be too afraid of the repercussions of reporting bullying,” he said.

Radzi was responding to a question from the press about students allegedly bullying and tormenting a classmate at Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) in Kuantan.

He said the matter was outside his jurisdiction and the relevant authorities would investigate the matter.