UUM ONLINE: In efforts to confront the current challenges of a world that is becoming increasingly complex, the School of Applied Psychology, Policy and Social Work (SAPSP), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) and the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF), organised the Conference on Corrections and Criminal Justice 2017 (CCCJ 2017), which was held at the Auditorium, School of International Studies (SoIS), on 17 August.
With the theme, "Transforming Correctional, Rehabilitation and Crime Policies Towards Human Well-Being," the conference combined the manpower and expertise of the three organisations concerned for the purposes of giving exposure to issues pertaining to corrections and criminal justice, as well as providing information on issues regarding crime, rehabilitation, and the development of the community in the process of improving the well-being of the nation.
The launching of the CCCJ 2017 was officiated by the Honourable Dato' Wira Othman Aziz, Deputy Finance Minister 1 cum Chairman of the Kedah MCPF.
In his opening remarks, he expressed his hopes that the conference would become a platform for serious discourse and knowledge sharing geared towards contributing to, and supporting, the efforts of the police in combating and preventing crime.
"This conference provides ample space for the various parties concerned to examine the issues of crime prevention and corrections through a scholarly approach by way of the presentation of working papers encompassing issues such as drug abuse, prohibited substance abuse, crime, and criminology, as well as intervention and rehabilitation.
"The new knowledge revealed in the paper presentations and the forum will prove beneficial, and provide guidance, to all parties in the planning of programmes aimed at target groups, be it at the school level or at the community level in their respective districts.
"Apart from this, issues which have currently become hot topics in the mass media, such as terrorism, recidivism, the preservation of national security, policy, and law, as well as papers on corrections, are expected to throw up a variety of new and unique ideas that could be taken back by the participants for gainful use," he said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International Affairs), Prof. Dr. Hassan Ali, who represented the Vice Chancellor, said that the cooperation among the SAPSP, RMP and MCPF has the potential of becoming the best platform for bringing together various agencies and institutions for the purposes of generating ideas and support and combining energy towards the positive transformation of the people’s welfare.
"The role of the university as a centre of knowledge that produces human capital, will become more established and gain greater credibility through the organisation of conferences such as this, which become veritable fields for the germination of knowledge and the sharing of experience between lecturers and the staff of various external agencies in the process of ensuring that the goal of effecting a positive transformation in the well-being of the people is achieved," he said.
A total of 500 participants attended the conference, and of these, 66 were paper presenters.
The CCCJ 2017, among others, discussed policy and legislation, national security, terrorism, cyber security, the correctional and rehabilitation system, correctional counselling, intervention, delinquent behaviour, domestic violence, and others.
The conference began with a keynote address delivered by the Kedah Chief of Police, YDH CP Dato' Asri Yusoff, and later continued with a forum and parallel sessions.
Among those present at the event were the Dean of the SAPSP, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noor Azniza Ishak; the Deputy Chairman of MCPF, Datuk Kamarudin Md Ali; the Director of the Kedah State National Anti-Drug Agency, Mr. Mahadzir Elias; officers of the Kedah State RMP; prison officers, teachers, and UUM lecturers.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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