In 1994, an Inter-Ministry Committee on Dysfunctional Families, Juvenile Delinquency and Drug Abuse (IMC) was formed to study the problems and recommend solutions for these three areas.
The 1994 Report of the IMC
highlighted these key needs:
- a multi-agency approach where agencies that deal with juvenile delinquency are working together to form mutually supportive strategies
- closer co-ordination amongst these agencies to roll out programmes and measures on the ground
- effective measures to tackle crimes commonly carried out by youths and juveniles, e.g. shoplifting, vandalism, group fights, theft.
- pushing parents to play their part and help them detect early tell-tale signs of their children sliding into juvenile delinquency
- helping schools to play a larger supporting role in imparting values to the young
- reaching out to early school leavers or out-of-school youths who are at higher risk of becoming young offenders
Following IMC’s recommendations, the Inter-Ministry Committee on Youth Crime (IMYC) was formed in 1995.
In 2007, the IMYC was changed to the National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation (NYGR). From 2011 to 31 Oct 2015, the NYGR was chaired by Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli