Article contributed by Anusha Gopala Krishnan, Officer, Safer Malaysia Committee and photos by Sarah Kambali, Member of the Bar and Secretary of the Bar Council Safer Malaysia Committee
INTI International University invited Bar Council Safer Malaysia Committee (“Safer Malaysia”) to conduct a talk at its institution in conjunction with its Law & Sexual Harassment Awareness Week 2014. The talk was held at Lecture Theater B, INTI International University on 19 June 2014. The topic of the talk, which began at 10:00 am, was “Living in Fear, is not Living”.
Safer Malaysia was allocated two hours to conduct the talk. Richard Wee Thiam Seng, Secretary of the Malaysian Bar and Sarah Kambali, Member of the Bar and Secretary of Safer Malaysia, were the speakers for the talk.
Richard Wee Thiam Seng provided the participants with a brief overview on the objectives and aims of Safer Malaysia. He then introduced the key aspects of crime-fighting, ie vigilance, deterrence and prevention. He elaborated on the element of prevention by giving the participants examples which they can relate to, and urged participants to always be alert and attentive to their surroundings.
Sarah Kambali conducted the second half of the talk and gave a detailed explanation on the elements of deterrence and vigilance. She stressed on the importance of cooperation and teamwork as both play a significant role in prevention of crime. Crime can be eradicated easily if all parties demonstrate these qualities.
The speakers also conducted a few exercises to demonstrate the importance of being alert at all times. One of the exercises focused on identification skills to improve powers of observation. The talk was an engaging experience as the speakers garnered the attention and the support of the participants. Safer Malaysia believes that the talk was an eye-opener to many attendees. The participants will now view crime in a different light and realise the importance of preventing crime as it impacts the quality of life.
INTI International University has expressed its intention to invite Safer Malaysia to future safety-oriented events.