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Remaja Perkasa Negara Aims To Tame Mat Rempit | 05/02/2010
Untitled document KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 2010 (Bernama) -- The Remaja Perkasa Negara programme will kick off on March 1, with the aim of instilling positive attitudes and tackling social woes among teenagers, especially 'mat rempit' (daredevil motorcyclists), said the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Rosmah, who is the National Permata Policy executive committee chairman, said with cooperation from the police, about 300,000 teenagers who had violated the law, were identified as potential participants in the programme.

However, she said that only 15 had agreed so far, to participate in the two-month programme which comprised camping, motivational and outdoor activities.

"It's difficult to get teenagers, especially those involved in the 'mat rempit' activities, to participate in the programme.

"So, we will start with these 15 teenagers first. God willing, the others will follow suit," she told reporters after chairing the Permata Negara Policy Committee meeting at her home here Friday.

Rosmah said, the committee was also planning to submit a proposal to the government to have several legislative amendments done, to enable juvenile convicts to participate in the programme, as part of the punishment.

Meanwhile, three Anak Permata Negara centres would be set up at three parliamentary constituencies in every state nationwide this year.

However, she said that in some states, land could not be acquired to build the centres due to technical problems.

"We also could not get approval from the state governments of Selangor, Kedah and Penang," she said, adding that to overcome such problems, the committee would try to purchase houses from private developers to set up the centres.

Rosmah said the Permata Negara programme had been expanded to 427 kindergartens nationwide under the First Economic Stimulus Package and almost 16,000 children from rural areas and low-income families had benefited from the programme so far.

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