KUCHING: Children’s safety is a matter of concern to the government, with increasing numbers of child abuse cases in recent years.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said 1,315 cases had been reported to the Welfare Department since last August.
She said the cases involved abuse by parents, guardians or family members as well as negligence of injuries suffered by children.
According to her, there was a rising trend in child abuse with 1,854 cases reported in 2010, 1,975 in 2011, 2,157 in 2012 and 2,346 last year.
“We take this very seriously because the issue of child safety is becoming more worrying, especially when children are involved in accidents or victims of abuse.
“In view of this, everyone should play a role to keep an eye on children and care for them, including outside the home and at school,” she said while launching the state-level Safe and Protect campaign at SK Siol Kanan.
Rohani said the campaign would help educate children on safety aspects and how to avoid getting into dangerous situations.
She noted that Malaysia had 10.5 million children, or one-third of the country’s population.