ALL nurseries registered with the Welfare Department must set up CCTVs at their premises to help prevent child abuse.
Perak Community Welfare Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim said the ruling was enforced in June this year in a bid to curb child abuse.
“All registered nurseries have until the yearend to comply.
“The operators must also attend courses with the Welfare Department,” she said when replying to a written question by Datuk Siti Salmah Mat Jusak (BN-Lubok Merbau).
Rusnah said there was a worrying trend of child abuse and the state was looking into the matter.
“There has been 343 cases of child abuse in 2014 and as of June this year, there were 126 cases.
“The government has never neglected this problem. We have held advocation programmes for schools, parents and local communities to explain to them the Child Act 2001,” she said.
“Those found guilty under Section 31 (1) of the Act could be fined RM20,000 or jailed a maximum of 10 years or both,” she added.
Rusnah said the government has held numerous child safety campaign to look into issues faced by children.
“The campaign includes holding talks, distrbution of pamphlets, interaction and sharing sessions, demonstration and quiz on child safety,” she said.
To a supplementary question from Siti Salmah, Rusnah said there were counselling services for children that were abused.
“Based on their age and understanding, these children could seek counselling with the Welfare Department.
“This is needed tohelp the affected children,” she said.
Rusnah said that children who were abused could also be placed under the care of guardians or homes.
“They would however be back with their respective families after a period,” she said.
Siti Salmah said that the fine imposed on offenders was too low and urged for it to be reviewed.
To an additional question by V. R. Terence Naidu (DAP-Pasir Bedamar), Rusnah said the Welfare Department also provides counselling for parents who had abused their children.
“Whenever a police report is lodged, the department will conduct counselling sessions and evaluate the parents.
“Based on the evaluation, recommendations would then be made to the deputy public prosecutor for further action,” she said.
“Imprisonment for the parents is only a last resort,” she added.