Child Registry use can’t be forced, says Rohani

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 ― Not much can be done by the government to ensure the full use of the Child Registry, which has since January included the database of child offenders, due to limited power in enforcing its usage.

Women, Family and Community Development minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry was only able to encourage potential employers to utilise the registry but could not make it a mandatory requirement.

On Tuesday, Malay Mail reported activists calling for loopholes in the registry to be plugged, which includes making checks on potential employees mandatory and enforceable, and barring those on the list from being hired. Read more

Few making use of Child Registry, Rohani says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — The battle against child sex offenders faces a major stumbling block with the Child Registry — the database of the names of child sex offenders and their crimes — not being fully utilised by employers providing child related services.

Despite the availability of the registry since January, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said many employers were still ill-informed about the database, or did not see the importance of utilising the registry.

“Limited advocacy and awareness of the programme has left many (employers) uninformed,” Rohani told Malay Mail.

“Another reason could be that some employers don’t see the importance behind conducting checks on potential employees before hiring them. Read more