SAFETY and security play a big part in our lives. The recent high-profile kidnapping of 12-year-old Nayati Shamelin Moodliar captured much attention, both in the country and abroad. It underscores how things can change in the blink of an eye.
We must, therefore, never take things for granted. Many a time we tend to get carried away with endless meetings, work, appointments, dinners, dates and rushing here and there until we overlook the security and safety of our loved ones. Danger lurks everywhere, and bad things can happen, even within our homes.
We must teach our children to be always on the alert and on guard.
Remind them not to be too trusting, and teach them to be more observant of their surroundings.
They should also take extra precautions no matter where they are.
As parents and adults, we must lead by example, but sadly many don't consider this a priority.
The government, police, local authorities, community, mass media, the public and society at large all have a role to play to ensure a crime-free society.
It is meaningless if there is only economic prosperity but we don't have peace of mind.
I strongly urge our Education Ministry to start introducing safety and security as a subject in schools to inculcate a safety culture in our students from young.
Teach them to be responsible. It would also be good if schools can introduce self-defence classes for students.
Let us all take urgent steps now. It is our responsibility to prevent crimes and make Malaysia a truly crime-free and peaceful nation.