Committee to tackle cyberbullying, sexual crimes against children

PUTRAJAYA: An integrated action committee to tackle cyberbullying and online sexual crimes against children has been set up, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun (pic).

The move is in line with Malaysia’s commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse based on Article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

“Malaysia must comply with the principles and provisions enshrined in the CRC, especially concerning children’s rights, including their survival, protection, development and participation,” she said.

Rina said the committee was set up on June 15, comprising various government agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social activists.

The committee is also tasked to discuss advocacy measures and appropriate interventions regarding the issues, she added.

“We (the committee) have discussed methods to tackle these issues (cyberbullying and sexual crimes against children). Among those that will be carried out is an advocacy campaign,” she said at a press conference after officiating the National Children’s Day 2021 celebration themed “Our Children, Our Future” here yesterday.

In another development, Rina said the ministry is drafting the National Child Development Index which will be introduced soon as an effort to improve policies related to children’s biological and psychological development.

She said the Department of Statistics Malaysia reported that as of May this year, about 9.69 million or 29.3% of the total population in Malaysia are children.

“Given this huge number, the ministry, in the spirit of the Malaysian Family, remains committed to ensuring the well-being of children,” she said.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Hadif Syazwan Anas, 11, the recipient of the Hang Tuah award, expressed his pride in the recognition.

Hadif Syazwan received the award for the courage he had shown in rescuing his great-grandmother Kalsom Abdullah, 85, from being swept away by the floods in Yan, Kedah, on Aug 18. — Bernama

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