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Melaka exco suggest putting students with social issues in prison museum jail cells

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Punishment should be educational and educators should come up with innovative and creative methods to should their students learn and behave in a socially acceptable manner.

Recently, Melaka Health and Anti-Drug committee chairman Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh proposed an out-of-the-box solution amid the rising cases of school students with social problems and getting into fights with teachers.

Instead of caning these students, he suggested putting them in cells at the Prison Museum of Melaka as a form of psychological teaching.

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According to Akmal, this method could be more effective than caning them. He explained that students who were identified could experience sitting in a prison with cramped conditions so that they would appreciate life more if their freedom was taken away.

“This will change their perception so that they will not commit a serious crime that will land them in prison and have their freedom taken away.” he said during a press conference at the Prison Museum in Bandar Hilir, Melaka on 31 March.

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“We can identify children who have critical social problems and we will work with the Prison Museum. So then, we can tell them if they made a mistake, and if put them in prison, their freedom will be taken away,” he added.

According to Utusan, Akmal said he will propose this initiative at the State Government Council meeting for consideration.

If the proposal was given the green light, it will start with students from schools in Melaka.

“We will work with the Prison Museum to bring them there not just to study, but to also experience sitting in a narrow cell for 20 minutes.” he said.

He also called on parents to bring their children to the museum to educate them so they could see for themselves the consequences of committing crimes.

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