KUALA LUMPUR: The shocking stories behind statistics were proof enough that Malaysia needs to introduce comprehensive sex education without delay, said Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching in a statement.
“Sex education should begin in pre-school,” she added.
The MP was commenting on the government’s efforts to battle sex crimes against children.
Teo cautioned against sex remaining a taboo subject.
“The children need to be protected,” she stressed.
She pointed out that many countries, especially the developed ones, have introduced sex education.
“We need to follow. That’s the only way to prevent more tragedies like Richard Huckle and other sexual abuse cases,” she said.
She recalled that Huckle was a paedophile in Malaysia until he was arrested in the UK.
From 2006 to 2014, he committed heinous crimes against children aged between six months and 12 years.
“It’s believed that Huckle abused up to 200 children,” said Teo.
Yet, she said, according to the reply from the Home Minister on November 9, no one noticed his unusual behaviour.
That’s not the end of the story, an average of 18,000 teenagers in Malaysia get pregnant each year and seek medical attention at government health clinics.
She also referred to a Malacca Hospital gynaecologist dropping a bombshell on Monday.
She revealed that at least three children were being treated every week at the facility for sexual abuse.