Address root cause of bullying

THE Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is deeply saddened and joins in the national grief following the deaths of T. Nhaveen and Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, both of whom lost their lives prematurely, allegedly due to extreme bullying.

While the public outcry for loss of life is understandable, Suhakam is of the view that the demand for the most severe criminal prosecution may be a short-term solution as such a response does not address the root cause of this escalating social problem.

Suhakam underlines that the link between bullying and later delinquent and criminal behaviour cannot be ignored, and early identification and intervention is necessary to ensure that all children are safe. All adults are responsible for creating positive environments and ending violence in the lives of children and youth.

Suhakam reiterates that everyone has the right to be respected, safe and free from violence, harassment and bullying, as well as the right to be free from torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. When bullying is unchecked, parents, teachers, students, community and religious leaders, government as well as all stakeholders are compelled to find a suitable formula for preventing bullying in a manner that protects all children and students, including society. As bullying is a complex social problem that requires a multitude of approaches, the authorities must also demonstrate that our society can and must function within a culture of non-violence.

Suhakam expresses its deepest condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of Nhaveen and Zulfarhan.

Tan Sri Razali Ismail
Chairman
Suhakam