At the dewan rakyat
Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and LOSHANA K. SHAGAR
A TOTAL of 107 offenders have been registered under the Child Registry after being found guilty of various offences against children, says Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.
The Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister said the information obtained from the authorities would remain in the registry as a reference, in case these offenders intend to work or provide services in sectors involving children.
“As of last year, these offenders, who have been convicted for various crimes against children, are listed under the registry and this data will be updated from time to time,” she told Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya) during Question Time.
Wong had asked the ministry to reveal the latest statistics found in the registry.
Azizah said the offences were not limited to sexual crimes but also include abuse, neglect, negligence, making use of children as beggars and other illegal activities on the street, among others.
She said the offenders listed in the registry was “private and confidential” and would not be made public.
“The information is for the use of relevant authorities, specifically for vetting purposes on various job sectors involving children.
“It is also part of a collective effort to improve the safety of children,” she said.
However, she said the access to the registry could be given out for research purposes and certain individuals to protect children on a case-by-case basis, pending the approval of the ministry’s director-general.
Asked if there was any intention to make the information public, Azizah said the implementation was still at its initial stage.
“It is only implemented about a year ago. So, it is still confidential and not available to the public.
“But we can discuss it further when the time comes,” she said.
At a press conference in the Parliament lobby, Wong said he was shocked that the number of offenders registered under the registry was still low.
He also questioned the effectiveness of the registry and urged the ministry to come up with an annual report on such cases.