View Full Version : Singapore to report Night Owls

Jose Mourinho
17-02-2006, 11:41 AM
This appears in various newspapers today....

Singapore. Police officers will stop youths who they see loitering at shopping malls and other public places late at night, take down their details and tell their parents. The step, which went into effect yesterday, is to curb a rise in crimes, but teenagers are up in arms and have slammed it as a 'nannying nuisance'.

Police were quoted by The Straits Times yesterday as saying that more youths are turning to crime as well as becoming victims, prompting them to sek the help of parents in keeping those below 17 off the streets late at night. They said the move was triggered by data showing youths below 19 made up 22% of the total number of arrests last year, although they comprise only 15% of the population of 4.4 million people.

Teenagers interviewed said this was a complete restriction of their freedom. Brian Tan, 16, said the scheme assumes that teenagers are unable to make choices and accept the consequences of their actions.


This morning, on Light & Easy Breakfast Show with Simon and Caroline, they brought this up and most of the call-ins from parents agreed that Malaysia should follow suit.

What are your views?

17-02-2006, 12:03 PM
Yet another case of treating the symptom and not the disease. Young criminals who put their mind to it wouldn't care or be affected by this and would just shift their despicable actions towards other (older?) people.

17-02-2006, 12:36 PM
It all boils down to proper parenting and the kind of relationships parents have with their kids. Parents are losing the battle because they never spent time their kids when they were younger and when their kids become rebelliious teenagers parents realize they have very little say in their kids lives..

If parents have no clue where their teenage kids are late at night , I doubt if a cop calling them up is going to make any difference in their parent child relationship.