Ministry addresses deaths of kids left in cars

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 04 Aug 2020

THERE have been six cases of child deaths resulting from the child being left in vehicles by their parents or guardians since 2018, says the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

Many of the victims were left in the cars by their parents who were on their way to work or meetings, said Deputy Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.

She said two cases had been reported so far this year and two each in 2018 and 2019.

“Although the cases may not be high, the ministry looks at this issue seriously as it involves the lives of children. The ministry has taken various prevention, advocacy and intervention measures.

“Among them includes amending Section 31 of the Child Act 2001, ” she said in reply to Rubiah Wang (GPS-Kota Samarahan) who had asked about the current situation as well as the ministry’s action.

Siti Zailah said the ministry had also provided counselling for parents and guardians, adding that the ministry appreciated the initiative of some car manufacturers providing a child reminder system in their vehicles.

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