Article contributed by Anusha Gopala Krishnan, Officer, Safer Malaysia Committee, and photos by Safer Malaysia Training Unit
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (“UTAR”) invited the Bar Council Safer Malaysia Committee (“Safer Malaysia”) to conduct a workshop at its institutions during the orientation programme. The workshop was conducted on 20, 21 and 22 May 2014 at the Sungai Long, Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya campuses, respectively.
Safer Malaysia was allocated one hour to conduct each session. The committee members that attended the workshops as trainers were Darren Lai, Sarah Kambali, Jeffrey Phang, Mark Soh and Dave Avran.
The trainers provided the participants with a brief overview of the objectives and aims of Safer Malaysia before introducing the key aspects of crime-fighting, ie vigilance, deterrence and prevention.
The trainers conducted an exercise to demonstrate the importance of being alert at all times. The exercise entailed a staged snatch theft on unsuspecting students. Not surprisingly, the students were caught off guard and subsequently, understood the importance of being vigilant at all times. One of the focuses of the workshop was identification skills to improve powers of observation.
The sessions were engaging as the trainers garnered the attention and the support of the participants. Safer Malaysia can safely conclude that the workshops were a success. The audience benefitted tremendously from the workshops, which were an eye opener to many attendees. The audience will now view crime in a different light and realise the importance of preventing crime as it impacts the quality of life.