KUALA LUMPUR: A database will be set up to improve the monitoring of social issues such as child abuse, domestic violence, poverty and women development.
The RM1.2mil centralised database, which will gather statistics and geographical information on such cases from government agencies, police, non-government bodies and academic institutions, will also be made accessible to the public.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the Social Issue Database System, to be ready by year's end, would act as a point of reference for the public.
“It will also act as a one-stop centre for the compilation of information on social issues,” she said after launching the database here yesterday.
She said the system, which was being developed by the Social Institute of Malaysia, would also be linked to existing data on social issues and trends from various ministries like Health, Human Resources and Education.
However, Shahrizat stressed that it was important for relevant agencies to ensure that the database was continuously updated.
The first stage of the database would compile information from the six departments under Shahrizat's ministry and the second stage, to be completed by next year, would incorporate data from other ministries.
Institute director Prof Dr Mohamed Fadzil Che Din said much of the data gathered by various agencies had been under-utilised.
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