PEKAN, Dec 14 — The Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, has expressed his regrets over the bullying incidents that were reported to have occurred in several schools in the state recently.
He said the bullying incidents that allegedly took place in Rompin, Maran and Lipis should not have happened at all and ordered the relevant parties, especially the Pahang Education Department, to take immediate steps to ensure a safe environment at schools.
“Parents also need to always remind and advise their children not to get involved in bullying while school administrators need to regularly hold awareness, religious and civic education programmes to instil positive values in every student,” he said.
Tengku Hassanal said this in his speech at the investiture in conjunction with the 62nd birthday of the Sultan of Pahang at Istana Abu Bakar here today.
Yesterday, Pahang Police deputy chief Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri was reported to have said that the police received three reports between Dec 6 and 10, from victims of bullying who claimed to have been beaten by their school seniors until they suffered bruises and swelling.
Meanwhile, Tengku Hassanal reminded the state administration including elected representatives and department heads to improve their services, facilitate people’s affairs and reduce bureaucracy.
“Go down to the ground often to see for yourself the people’s problems. I myself will always monitor and make surprise visits,” he said.
Apart from that, Tengku Hassanal also ordered the state government led by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail to further emphasise the environmental aspect.
He welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob that the federal government will compensate state governments that maintain their forest reserves as water catchment areas and protect them against illegal logging activities.