26 Jan '11, 12am

Inter-ministry group looking at tightening of laws when it comes to troubled youth

SINGAPORE - An inter-ministry group looking at the tightening of laws when it comes to troubled youth, is likely to announce its plans in July, Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said yesterday. This group would involve the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education. Mr Masagos, who is head of the National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation, said: "The committee is looking at, for now, the laws that we probably need to tighten, the calibration that we need to make from the beginning when a child transgresses to the time he is old enough to be responsible for what he has done." A masterplan has been set out by the committee to target at-risk youth. Youth having problems with their families will get help through their schools or through counselling, said Mr Masagos. "For those w...

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