THE PERAK Women, Family and Community Committee revealed that 545 domestic violence cases were reported from 2010 to Sept this year.
State Women and Family Development, Character Development and Community Welfare Committee chairman Wong May Ing (DAP-Pantai Remis) said out of the number, only five cases involved men as the victims.
She was responding to questions raised by Sandrea Ng Shy Ching (PKR-Teja) during the state assembly sitting on Tuesday, who had asked for the total domestic abuse cases reported in Perak from 2008 until 2018, and what were the efforts to help victims.
“The state organised more campaigns and talks as part of their effort to raise awareness of domestic violence cases.
“The department has held many advocacy programmes such as legal clinics, End Violence Against Women (EVAW) campaigns and many more, to educate not only women, but also students, government and non-government staff,” said Wong.
“Most of the speakers invited to the talk were from Women’s Welfare Department, PDRM, civil and syariah lawyers.
“The programmes also educate men to protect and respect women,” said Wong.
In Malaysia, there were 43 safe homes for domestic abuse victims under Domestic Violence 1994, and five are located in Perak, she added.
“The homes are located in discreet areas to ensure the safety of its residents.”
On a another matter, Perak Communication, Multimedia, Non-Governmental Organisation and Cooperatives Development Committee chairman, Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim (Amanah – Titi Serong), said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia (MCMC) has already build five 2G and 3G telecommunication towers in Kampung Serapoh, Jalan Parit, Kampung Sungai Perah, Kampung Merua and Kampung Changkat Banjar in Belanja.
Hasnul was replying to a question from Khairudin Abu Hanipan (BN-Belanja) who asked if the state had any short or long term plans to upgrade the Internet speed in less developed residential as well as schools in rural areas.
“In addition, another 18 towers will be upgraded to serve 3G/4G coverage with one new tower to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
“Under the Sub Urban Broadband and Rural Broadband projects, rural and less developed areas will receive up to 20MBps broadband speed, and in Belanja, there is one upgraded network operation tower,” he said.
He explained that MCMC is working hand in hand with other telecommunication companies to upgrade 2G areas to 3G speed and gathering more details to provide 4G coverage.
Hasnul also said that it would be helpful if all assemblymen can report any telecommunication issues in their areas to MCMC in order for them to plan guidelines for future upgrades.