Welfare Department to seek temporary custody of Zayn Rayyan's younger brother

KUALA LUMPUR: The Social Welfare Department will apply for temporary custody of Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin’s younger brother at the Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court on Friday (June 14).

Selangor Social Welfare Department director Azmir Kassim said the department would also seek time to identify a guardian or a qualified and suitable individual to take care of the child.

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"By today (June 14) we will get the temporary court order to take the child for a medical check-up and such. We will also request for a period of time from the court, maybe a month or two, to look for a guardian or qualified and suitable person to care for the child," he told Bernama on Friday (June 14), adding that both the child’s parents, Ismanira Abdul Manaf and Zaim Ikhwan Zahari, had been informed of the matter.

"As a child, he (Zayn Rayyan’s younger brother) is confused; he doesn’t quite grasp the situation. But so far he’s okay, no problems because we’ve placed him in a hospital for a medical check-up first," he said, adding that the child was well.

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Zayn Rayyan’s parents, Zaim Ikhwan Zahari and Ismanira Abdul Manaf, pleaded not guilty at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court to charges of child neglect on Thursday (June 13).

They were charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which is punishable under Section 31(1) of the same Act, and read together with Section 34 of the same Act, which allows a maximum fine of RM50,000 or no more than 20 years in jail, or both, if found guilty.

Zayn Rayyan was found dead in an area near his residence in Idaman Apartments, Damansara Damai, on December 6, 2023, after being reported missing the day before. – Bernama

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