All out to curb child abuse

  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Jun 2010

THE police will screen carers from child care centres, nurseries and kindergartens as a way to better address abuse.

Under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), an alert system for lost and missing children will also be established, with the cooperation of the media and law enforcement agencies.

The proposed system will be similar to the AMBER Alert bulletin in the United States that informs the public of suspected child abduction cases.

The Government will prepare those aged between 15 and 40 to undertake roles in contributing towards national development by instilling in them the right skills and values.

Form Three student Mohd Naufal Nasrullah Hamdan, 14, welcomed the move to implement an alert system for lost children.

“The country should try to reduce the number of child-related crimes before reaching its target of becoming a fully-developed country by 2020,” said the SMK Seri Bintang Utara student.

Shelter Home executive director James Nayagam said the proposed screening of child carers would not really address child abuse as there were not even enough child care centres available to begin with.

“A significant number of child abuse cases occurs in low-cost housing areas or flats and there are no available child care centres there. So parents resort to leaving their children with neighbours or baby-sitters. That is the reality.”

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