11 Oct 2018 First Ever Criminology and Forensic Psychology Forum Provides Psychosocial Perspective on Criminology
8 September 2018 – The first ever Criminology and Forensic Psychology Forum organised by IMU Psychology Club, was held at the Auditorium of IMU and saw the participation of around 200 participants. The theme of this event was ‘Criminology of Common Crimes in Malaysian Society: A Psychosocial Perspective’. This forum was organised with the objective to expose participants to the growing fields of Criminology and Forensic Psychology as well as to provide the platform to nurture potential professionals in the field. This forum was also aimed to educate the audience on the recent status of crimes and current laws as well as countermeasures for the benefit of the society.
The forum was graciously honoured by the presence of IMU’s Programme Director in Psychology, Alexius Cheang Weng Onn. In his speech, Mr Alexius encouraged the audience to view crimes through a psychological frame of perspective and to comprehend the underlying mechanism of crimes through objective analysis and awareness, saying “Nothing is black and white anymore, everything is grey”. The forum was dignified by the presence of 3 prominent guest speakers to talk about criminology from a psychosocial perspective, namely Victor Ananth, Loheswary Arumugam and finally, Dr Rahim Kamaluddin.
|Victor Ananth, an inspector in the Royal Malaysian Police started the day off with a talk titled ‘What makes a criminal? The public’s perception and fear of crime’. The audience was intrigued as they gained immersive insights on the crimes currently plaguing our country. One of Mr Victor’s salient points was how society’s fear of crime affects the economy of the country directly, putting off foreign investors and tourists. He also explored the intricacies of what makes a criminal. A memorable quote from him was: “When you have the intention to murder or commit a crime, you’re a sinner but when you commit the crime itself, you become a criminal”.|
|Loheswary Arumugam, the second speaker of the day, is a consultant Clinical Psychologist. She presented on ‘Sex Crime in Malaysia and Sexual Predators from a Forensic Psychology Perspective’. Her talk encompassed the definition of forensic psychology, the prevalence of sexual harassment in Malaysia and domestic violence as well as paedophilia and child sex offenders. The audience heard first-hand about the struggles of the victims who experience helplessness, shame, frustration and exhaustion as a consequence of sex crime.|
|The third speaker is Dr Mohammad Rahim Kamaluddin, Forensic Criminologist and Senior Lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He talked on ‘Gangsterism among Teenagers in the Society and the Juvenile Justice System of Malaysia’. This topic piqued interests of the audience as gangsterism is frequently reported by the media in Malaysia, being strongly associated with the youths, affecting their development and well-being. He elaborated on how the rising juvenile crime rate is influenced by various factors such as family, the environment of society and peer pressure. He explained how a child who grows up in a disorganised neighbourhood of abusive parents, drug use and violence normalises these delinquent attitudes and can turn to crime. Dr Rahim also addressed on the variety of gangs especially the corporate gangs, territorial gangs and scavenger gangs.|
|Finally, a Question & Answer session was conducted during which eager members of the audience posed questions to the speakers about their talks and expertise. The questions ranged from the crimes in urban areas, to the future of juveniles in the society to sexual harassments and the initiative of the government in preventing these crimes.|
IMU Criminology and Forensic Psychology Forum 2018 was an event enriched with knowledge, curiosity and learning, a great accomplishment made possible by the collective effort of the entire Psychology Club and family of IMU. 2018 marks the first time an event of this nature was held, and it was truly a momentous occasion, enlightening participants and speakers alike. This has set the benchmark for future events of a similar theme with the anticipation that they will reach greater heights of success. Before concluding the event, tokens of appreciation was given to all speakers by Dr Shamala Ramasamy, IMU’s Head of Psychology Department.