Stop harping on car, minister tells media

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Oct 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman wants the media to stop speculating on the allegation that she owns a car that was obtained without an approved permit. 

Dismissing the talk as “juicy news” for the opposition to exploit in view of the coming general election, she said she did not know anything about the car that had been publicised in an English newspaper. 

Only the authorities could determine whether the car had been imported through proper channels, she said yesterday after a press conference on World Children’s Day to be held on Saturday. 

“I leave the matter with the authorities such as the police and the Customs Department to investigate.” 

Last month, the newspaper reported that she allegedly possessed a Mercedes-Benz S320 which is believed to have been brought into the country without an approved permit.On the World Children’s Day celebrations, she said the ministry had adopted the theme Dengarlah Suara Kami, Hayati Dan Lindungi Kami (Listen to our voice, Be with us and Protect us) to instil awareness among adults that it was their responsibility to look after children. 

Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid will be the guest of honour and some 5,000 children nationwide are expected to attend the function at Stadium Badminton Cheras here.  

In line with the Government's aspiration to ensure that kindergartens and child care centres are managed professionally, Siti Zaharah said the ministry would be merging the Children's Nursery Act, 1984 and the Children Child Care Centre Act, 1993 and the amended legislation would be tabled in Parliament next year. 

“We want children to be cared for by professionals and not by those who give sub-standard care.” 

She said a task force would be set up to oversee the operation of childcare centres.  

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