Monday, June 15, 2009

The Economy, Mat Rempit And Boot Camp

Hantu Laut

The government stimulus package announced earlier seems not to have kicked in making it appears that it has not been implemented as vigorously as promised.In my article here I predicted export would decline by 20 to 30 percent in the first quarter of this year.

That' what I wrote in one of my posts in May 2009.Now, read this where Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak admitted only RM2.6 billion out of the RM17 billion has been spent.

If the price of crude oil continue to rise beyond USD80 a barrel than the global economy may be in serious danger of not recovering as quickly as we wanted it to. If it doesn't recover within this year than Malaysia may be in for a longer and rougher ride.Exports will plummet to an alarming level.

The government need to liberalize more sectors of the economy for private and foreign participation. It also needs to encourage the growth of more high-tech industry and less labour intensive ones.

By now we should have done away with our image as 'sweatshop' for foreign investments and should seriously consider introducing minimum wage and better working conditions for those in the lower income bracket without which Malaysians would continue to shy away from these jobs and total reliance on foreign labour would continue to prevail.

I believe almost all Mat Rempits are Malay boys. Maybe, the government should seriously consider a special correctional boot camp for these troublemakers.They can't go home until the course is completed and must not have any contacts with parents, family or friends.The boot camp must be based on shock incarceration grounded on military techniques.

Sometimes, you have to be cruel to be kind.Unless, the government takes action now the menace and lawlessness of these youths would go beyond control.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Menace and lawlessness?

I had thought you were referring to the Barisan Nasional Ministers.

Are you sre the Rempits are as bad?

eddy said...

Sad to accept the fact that 95% of Mat Rempits are Malay youths. Maybe HL's proposal is the very medicine which though bitter would cure this social ill.

donplaypuks® said...

In the early '80's there was Norman Tebbit, Margaret Thatcher's hard right-wing Employment Secretary.

He suggested a kind of boot camp for unemployed youths and football yobbos. The Press dubbed it the 'short, sharp, shock knocks' social re-engineering programme. And surprise, surprise, Tebbit said the same thing - 'You have to be cruel to be kind'!!


It never really took off. Reason?

These problems among British yobbos and M'sian Mat Rempit have the same root causes. Mainly, poor education, social and class polarisation resulting in them being unemployable and/or unemployed and sponging off the dole system, or being stuck in poor paying dead end, labour intensive and mind-numbing jobs. There was isolation as a result of urbanisation of large tracts of society.

Tackle the root causes, not the symptons, of ill-behavious among our youth.

So, they figured putting all these yobbos/Mat Rempit together would only create utter chaos.

Hari Hari said...

The other options is to go through their parents/brothers/sisters/relatives/schools/universities/employers/others.
Create a data bank of their personal particulars of the above.
Have some police officers assigned to make calls to their respective people listed above.
This can work to a certain degree. At least it is tried.
The menace will one day become out of control and the blame is with the law enforcers not taking heed of the warnings.