Rohani says 581 child abuse cases reported from 2015 until June

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — A total of 581 child abuse cases involving child caregivers were reported from 2015 until June this year, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said according to statistics from the Welfare Department, 146 of these cases occurred from early this year until June.

“Action in the form of written directives were taken against 32 nurseries while seven nurseries had their premises sealed off, 14 nurseries were issued with compounds, four were ordered to be closed temporarily, 52 had their registration terminated and another two were prosecuted within that period.

“My ministry views seriously cases of child abuse and neglect that occur in various places, including in nurseries,” she said when closing the Kindergarten at Home special workshop, aimed at ensuring all nurseries are registered with the ministry, in Putrajaya today.

She said most cases of accidents that occurred in the nurseries were those that were unregistered and arising from the caregivers having not attended the PERMATA Early Childhood Teaching and Care Course (KAP).

Malaysia moves up to 29th spot in Global Peace Index

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

JERANTUT, Aug 27 — Malaysia has moved up to 29th spot among 163 countries in the 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI), from the 30th spot last year.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the move was capable of giving the country a good image.

“”The country’s achievement is proven in a study published by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) meant to measure peace at a global level.

“This shows that the country’s economy is still good with drop in criminal cases, or violence, that can undermine peace and harmony among the people,” he told a media conference after launching the state-level Merdeka Month and Unity Week here today. Read more

Prisons department to offer counselling to discipline students

Source: The Malay Mail Online

TAIPING, Aug 27 — The Prisons Department is ready to assist the education ministry in providing counselling to discipline students with a view to exposing them to the consequences of involvement in crime.

Prisons Director-General, Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar said: “We are indeed, ready to give early exposure to the students so that they will not be involved in crime and drugs.

“The United Kingdom-based counselling education model can be used to increase a sense of awareness in them.”

He was speaking to reporters after a passing-out parade of the Prisons Department’s Correctional Undergraduate Voluntary Corps (Siskor) here today.

Recently, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said any student with serious disciplinary issue would be sent to undergo rehabilitation programme at a prison or police station.

At the ceremony, Inspector Nur Syameza Saharin, 22, from Universiti Malaysia Perlis was adjudged ‘Best Overall Cadet’ while Inspector Ziyan Farah Zainodin, 19, of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin bagged the ‘Best Cadet Leader’ award.

Sarawak needs special courts to handle child sexual crimes

Source: FMT News 

KUCHING: There is an urgent need to establish a special court in Sarawak to handle sexual crimes against children, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said this following a recent spate of sexual crimes in the state involving minors, which she described as shocking.

“At a recent cabinet meeting, I suggested the idea of setting up a special court to handle sexual crimes against children in Sarawak, at least by next year.

“However, with the recent cases in Sarawak, I really hope we don’t have to wait until next year as I will push to accelerate it (setting up of the court), if possible by this year. Read more