SINGAPORE: Second Home Affairs Minister S Iswaran said the government is concerned about crime rates involving youth.
He pointed to an increasing number of those involved in loanshark and harrassment activities, as well as drug abuse.
The number of new drug abusers for example, increased by some 45 per cent last year compared to 2010.
Mr Iswaran said the government, community and family are essential in the support system to tackle the worrying trend.
He was speaking at the grand finals of the Delta League held at Jalan Besar stadium on Sunday evening.
The initiative uses soccer as a platform to reach out to youths at risk and educate them about undesired consequences of crime.
The youths also participate in a series of self—improvement activities, including free tuition classes.
MORE SINGAPORE NEWS
Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn
An 8-year-old Cuban boy who collects photos and books of Fidel Castro becomes a celebrity in the island after the former Cuban president inv... More An 8-year-old Cuban boy who collects photos and books of Fidel Castro becomes a celebrity in the island after the former Cuban president invites him to his house. Duration: 00:55
Date 9 hrs ago, Duration 0:55, Views 116