Social Problems Among Youth in Malaysia

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INTRODUCTION
1.1Background of the Study
The globalization makes the world become smaller and the communication between countries could be done easily due to advance technologies. World without barriers allows cultures from other countries influence the Malaysian especially the youths. There are good and bad cultures. The social problems emerged due to influences of the bad cultures from other countries. The youth cannot identify and analyze what are good and bad things. Social problems among youth are prevalent in Malaysia highly. Young Malaysians who make up 60 percent of the population, they are future inheritors of a fully developed and modern Malaysia. Social problems are threatening the current and future direction of the nation. The examples of the social problems existing in Malaysia are drugs abuse, vandalism, violence, environmental problems, alcoholism, abortion, crime, smoking, sex before marriage, bullying and etc. The government never take a break in trying, thinking and finding the manners to curb the social problems. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail on Tuesday (May 19, 2004) called for a change in the approach to curb social ills from that of punishing, blaming others and holding public lectures. On 9 February 2008 (The Star), The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation has lauded the move to launch a pilot project in 10 selected areas in the Klang Valley, to reduce social ills and crimes by providing necessary facilities for the residents there. “The reality is that crime continues to be committed by the socially deviant and even by young people. We have to examine the causes of these criminal acts and find the answers to these problems,” its chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said. Vision 2020 plan is to make Malaysia a developed nation not only in the economic aspect, but also in the political, social, spiritual, and cultural aspects. Vision 2020 is a long-term plan, and it is highly dependent on younger Malaysians. This is because the younger Malaysians will be the future leaders of the country. The effects of social problems among youth may become an obstacle in development of nation. Therefore, social problems among youth in Malaysia should be investigated in order to find out the ways to address increasing rate of the social problems.

1.2Statement of Problem
Malaysia has experienced a dramatic growth in the number of social problems cases among youth. There are several factors which trigger these social problems. Firstly, the parent cannot escape from their responsibility in giving their children full attention. Nowadays, the parents go to work early in the morning and back home at midnight. They spend a bit of time for their children only. Therefore, no one teach the children how to be good person, what are good and bad action, and what the effects are if they do the bad actions. Secondly, most of the youth are using internet to play station game, watch television, and listen to music. The technologies make people life become easier and meaningful. However, the technologies also give negative impacts if the users abuse the technologies. For instance, there is a lot of unnecessary websites such as pornographic sites, heavy metal music sites, sex sites, black metal sites and so on. Those websites lower the moral values of the youth. Friends are important supporter to the youth. For instance, the youth meet their friends almost every day at school, university and workplace and often go out with friends. The youth prefer to share their problems, hobbies, happiness and sadness with their close friends. Therefore, friends are the subjects who influence the youth in making decision. Besides, they also influence the youth’s thinking and behavior. If their friends have low moral values, the youth may follow their friends’ behavior.

1.3Purpose of the Study
Malaysia is struggling with the reality of increasing rates of social problems among its youth. Problems...
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