Building owners rapped

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  • Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003

Other News & ViewsCompiled by SUSAN TAM, LOO YOK SOI and S. ARULLDAS

WOMEN and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has criticised property owners for refusing to foot the bill to enhance security measures in buildings, Utusan Malaysia reported yesterday. 

“It is unfair of them to charge patrons for car park services and not share the responsibility of ensuring the personal safety of their customers,” she was quoted as saying. 

The daily reported Shahrizat as saying that owners must install close-circuit cameras or hire qualified security guards to conduct patrols in car parks. 

“Security guards must not only be physically fit, but they must be aware of security issues. 

“They should be trained on the danger spots in car parks and the necessary action to be taken if something unpleasant were to happen,” she said. 

She also urged parents to keep a close eye on their children, especially their daughters. 

“With an increase in rape cases over the last few days, parents must be aware of their children’s activities.  

“Parents must know what their daughters are doing, who their friends are and find out why their girls return home late at night.” 

Shahrizat said families were able to help prevent crime by ensuring that their members were not suffering from emotional stress as it could lead to untoward incidents. 

Berita Harian reported that RM15mil would be allocated annually to provide aid for the disabled and the underprivileged.  

Quoting National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman, the daily said the fund would be used to set up special schools, training centres and provide allowances for disabled workers. 

As of last June, she said there were over 120,000 disabled workers registered with her ministry, adding that their disabilities ranged from Down Syndrome, other mental disabilities and hearing and speech impairments. 

“The number of disabled workers registered with the ministry is increasing at about 5,000 workers each month, with the highest number recorded in the Federal Territory and Selangor.” 

The daily also reported Dr Siti Zaharah as urging other disabled workers to come forward to register themselves so that they would benefit from financial aid, training and education from the ministry. 

“We need to carry out these measures to help them lead an independent life.”  

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