A FAMILY counselling clinic should be set up at all districts to provide counselling services to those who need them regardless of race and religion, said Chenderiang assemblyman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
“This suggestion is in light of the baby dumping issue and child abuse cases that have been plaguing the country.
“Day after day, we are shocked by reports in the media on babies being left at rubbish dumps and child abuse cases that occasionally end in death.
“Some of the mothers who do such deeds towards their own children are victims of ‘postpartum blues’ that can be treated through counselling, thus preventing such tragic cases from occurring,” he said during the debate session at the state assembly sitting on Thursday.
Dr Mah said the family counselling clinics should be manned by counselling experts, especially those from non-governmental organisations, with the help of the Social Welfare Department or Women Welfare Department.
He also urged the state government to reclaim orang asli land that is being regulated by the Department of Director-General of Land and Mines (KPTG) under the Orang Asli Act.
He said the 1,214ha land, which is the first part of a total of 14,973ha land reserved for the orang asli, should be reclaimed so it could be reserved again under the National Land Code 1965 and regulated by the State Land and Mines Office.
On a separate matter, Dr Mah thanked the state government for the RM3mil allocation announced for the development of missionary secondary schools along with Chinese and Tamil national-type schools.
“There are some who treated the Barisan Nasional government’s words as empty promises, but this action shows that the government stays true to its word.
“I hope the allocation is prioritised so that the schools’ learning facilities and infrastructure can be improved and more students in the state will be able to pursue their studies in such schools.
“I also suggest that the state set up an innovation institution to provide training to the people in creating more innovative products to be commercialised.
“Through this, the shoe, traditional handicraft, labu sayong and other industries would be able to bring in more revenue to investors,” he said.