MALACCA: It is everyone’s responsibility to stop domestic violence, said Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
She added efforts to curb the rise of domestic violence should not be confined to any one party.
Chew was responding to a statement by Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director Ivy Josiah on her being inspired by the “Ring The Bell” campaign in India which called on men to take a stand against domestic violence, ring the bell and intervene in situations of abuse.
Chew noted that domestic violence had been on the rise in recent years.
There was concern that increased stress brought about by the economic downturn might result in more of such cases.
On another matter, Chew said the religion of a child must be determined by both parents.
“If there is no other way to come to an agreement by both parents, I think the best way is to wait until the child reaches 18.
“Then the youth should be allowed to decide for himself or herself,” said Chew after opening the MCA carnival in conjunction with International Women’s Day yesterday.
She was asked to comment on the recent decision of the Negri Sembilan Islamic Affairs Department to allow the conversion of 15-month-old baby Hoo Joey by her mother Chew Yin No without the consent of the father Hoo Ying Soon.
The Syariah Court also granted interim custody of Hoo Joey to the mother, said to have converted to Islam following separation from her husband several months ago.