Keeping poor urban kids safe from drug trap

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: A child rights NGO has urged the government to set up activity centres in poor urban areas for children to occupy their time safely after school.

According to Scott Wong, the executive director of Suriana Welfare Society, one of the main reasons children of the urban poor become drug abusers is that they are exposed to bad influences at the low-cost flats many of them live in.

“After school, they are unsupervised while their parents are away at work, and they meet up with older teens and others who are involved in drugs,” he told FMT.

“Because of the lack of positive influences, these drug users become the role models to these children.”

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A quarter of toddlers in Putrajaya stunted due to malnutrition, says report

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 1, 2017.

A study has revealed that nearly one in four children under the age of five in Malaysia suffers nutritional stunting. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 1, 2017.

MORE than a quarter of children aged one to nearly two in Putrajaya are stunted, a study has revealed.

The Edge Markets in a report said the fact was revealed in the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2016, which found that 28% of children aged 12 to 23 months in the administrative capital suffer from stunting, or less than normal height growth.

The chief cause of stunting is chronic undernutrition.

The prevalence of stunted growth in Putrajaya is just 2% away from being called a health emergency by the World Health Organisation.

Nationally, it has been found that 20.7% of children under the age of five are stunted. This was reported in June in Malaysia’s first voluntary national review of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, presented to the UN General Assembly in New York. Read more

Child sex abuse: Why justice is not served

Source: FMT News

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Madeleine Yong — Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Child victims of sexual abuse often find it difficult to get justice because the legal process is too burdensome, says an organisation combating sexual abuse against children.

Madeleine Yong, founder of Protect and Save the Children, said the law required too much evidence to be presented before a suspect could be prosecuted.

“You need forensic evidence, which is already hard to get, and then you need corroborative evidence too,” she said. “Those are the two things the authorities look for, and it’s often impossible to get both.

“We’ve had so many cases with forensic evidence, and yet they didn’t manage to go through.”

Yong was speaking after a screening of a documentary on paedophilia at PJ Live Arts in Jaya One. Read more

Crime for not vaccinating your child? — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

LATELY the papers are gushing with news about vaccinating children. The deputy health minister says he is planning to make it a crime for not vaccinating one’s child. The minister of health disagrees. He prefers educating the parents instead.

The Women’s Ministry is mulling to prosecute parents who refuse to vaccinate their child. Some radio stations have come into the act too – vilifying parents who refuse to vaccinate their offspring.

Statistics have been rolled out to show an increase of cases of measles and deaths from diphtheria – all attributed to a failure to vaccinate. No clear causal links have been established, though.

To complicate matters, Indonesia acknowledged that since 2003, fake vaccines have been given to millions of children. This follows a scandal in China involving improperly stored vaccines distributed in 24 provinces since 2010. Read more