PUTRAJAYA: The Child Act (Amendment) 2016 with four main amendments – child registry, community service order (CSO), a family-based care and heavier penalty – was gazetted yesterday after obtaining the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry would conduct an awareness campaign to ensure that the public and all agencies were ready before enforcing the Act.
“This is good news for the ministry after three years, and after various meetings were held to improve the Act and it took into account current issues related to pedophilia, etc,” she told reporters at the ministry’s Aidilfitri gathering here today.
She said the child registry would now contain records of convicts who committed crimes against children to allow screenings to be conducted on individuals working with children as an added safety measure.
Meanwhile, the CSO is a rehabilitation programme for children who are involved in crime and adult offenders, including the mother, father and guardians, who abuse or neglect their children.
She said the amendment would also increase the fines and enable prison sentences to be raised to RM50,000 and 20 years for offences under Section 31.