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‘We have the solution for social problem, only we need is the support’

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SHAH ALAM  –  More individuals and corporate bodies have been asked to support treatment and rehabilitation programmes to help teenagers involved in social problems.

Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said this was because the number of syariah crimes, such as out of wedlock births, abandoned babies and rape, had shown an increase every year.

“It is possible that teenagers get involved in social problems because they rarely get the attention they needed, but if we give them our attention and support, they will have better chances to change.”

He told reporters after closing the 1,000 Souls One Heart Gathering organised by Jakim and Puteri Raudhatus Sakinah Teen Guidance Centre at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque here today.

A total of 1,500 youths aged between 13 and 25 took part in the two-day gathering which aimed at providing an alternative to Muslim youths to celebrate new year in a more positive and healthy way.

During the gathering, the participants were also entertained by nasyid groups, In-Team and Edcoustic, as well as motivational talks by celebrities, Wardina Safiyyah and Sham Kamikaze.  – Bernama