Melaka MCPF to launch campaign against incestuous child abuse

MELAKA: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) Melaka chapter is launching a campaign against incestuous sexual abuse in the state.

Melaka MCPF chief Edison Chan (pic) said MCPF would be working with the state police in highighting the importance of creating a "Protect & Prevent" environment for children following a dramatic increase in incest cases in Melaka during the movement control order (MCO) period.

“Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid has voiced his concerns to us over the unprecedented hike in rape cases within families.

“MCPF Melaka will do its part to create awareness, targeting perpetrators and the victims, ” he said on the sidelines of the MCPF’s AGM in Ayer Keroh here Saturday (Dec 19).

Melaka CID chief Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman told The Star on Dec 8 that the state saw an increase of almost 100% in incest cases compared to previous years.

Most of the cases involved stepfathers during the MCO period where most of the cases were reported in rural Melaka.

ACP Sukri also divulged that most of the victims were underaged girls.

Chan said the MCPF would invite several women's activists to be part of his team to create awareness sessions and also be a panel of trained counsellors at schools.

“We will also look into having counsellors to examine the perpetrators’ behaviour and what turns a person incestuous against the ones who they were supposed to love and protect, ” he said.

Chan said incest should be discussed in the open to prevent children from suffering in silence.

“We must never let sexual abuse involving children end within the four walls of their homes, ” he added.

The AGM was opened by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and was also attended by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, who is also MCPF deputy chairman, and its senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

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