Minister: Children should be entitled to legal representation

Source: Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 17 — The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is in discussions to ensure legal counsel for children.

Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the legal counsel would act in the best interests of children, especially in divorce proceedings and custody battles.

“Parents in the midst of a divorce usually appoint their own lawyers but the children caught in between don’t get a say,” Rohani said at the “Lawyers for Children: Their Right To Be Represented” forum yesterday.

Over 100 people from the legal fraternity, children’s rights groups and the Social Welfare Department (JKM) attended the forum. Read more

The Deinstitutionalisation of Children

 

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Are institutions or residential homes the best place for children to thrive? Can institutions replace the love and care of a family so that the child can reach his or her potential? What kind of care is truly in the best interest of a child? These are some of the questions that will be explored through talks, a sketch and an exhibition at Yayasan Hasanah’s next #IlmuHasanah in partnership with OrphanCare Foundation.

About OrphanCare:
Set up in 2008, OrphanCare aims to end the institutionalisation of children through raising awareness and advocating on the importance of the deinstitutionalisation of children (DI) and facilitating the reintegration and adoption of babies and children. Website: http://orphancare.org.my/

Baby dumping in Malaysia, the unending tragedy — Dr John Theo

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Dr John Teo is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.

JANUARY 23 — An average of 100 babies are dumped nationwide in Malaysia every year with more than half of them found dead according to Police statistics.

The media quoted the Minister of Women, Family and Community development in January 2016 that out of the 104 babies dumped in 2015, 61 were found dead and only 43 alive.

In 2014, 75 were found dead and only 28 alive and in 2013, 58 were found dead and only 32 alive.

Another police statistics from the earlier years had shown 407 babies were dumped nationwide from 2005 to 2010 averaging about 80 per year with Selangor, Johor and Sabah being the 3 states with the highest cases recorded.

The recorded cases must be the tip of the iceberg with every case found and recorded, many may be buried or thrown into the abyss and never be found. Read more

Abuse case girl torn away from grandaunt

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: A crying seven-year-old hung on desperately to a grandaunt who had cared for her for three years as her paternal grandmother, who had been earlier accused of abusing the child, tried to pull her away.

In a strange twist, the grandmother was granted custody of the child in a Sessions Court.

However, the girl refused to go with the older woman and a heart-wrenching 20-minute tussle ensued before the girl was dragged into a car and taken away.

The seven-year-old had been cared for by the grandaunt over the past three years after members of her immediate family were accused of abusing her.

The case came to light in 2013 when the grandaunt (the father’s aunt) lodged a police report against the father and paternal grandparents, claiming the then four-year-old girl had complained to her that she had been sexually abused. Read more

PIBG alu-alukan kanak-kanak tiada kerakyatan, tapi mahu pelarian dididik cara lain

Sumber: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG) Kebangsaan membantah idea membuka sekolah kebangsaan untuk kanak-kanak pelarian, dan berkata perbezaan budaya akan menimbulkan banyak masalah.

Bagaimanapun, ia mengalu-alukan pendaftaran kanak-kanak tanpa kerakyatan di sekolah kebangsaan. Definisi kanak-kanak tanpa kerakyatan sebagai salah seorang ibu bapanya rakyat Malaysia tetapi anak itu tidak memiliki dokumen kewarganegaraan.

Pengerusinya, Prof Madya Mohamad Ali Hassan mencadangkan supaya kerajaan menghantar guru mengajar kanak-kanak berkenaan di kem pelarian.

“Mereka datang daripada pelbagai budaya berbeza. Lebih baik jika kerajaan ambil guru terlatih untuk mengajar di penempatan pelarian,” katanya. Read more

All stateless children in Kedah now allowed to enrol in govt schools

Source: NST Online

CHANGLUN 01 JANUARY 2017. Tan Yao Chun, 7, anak kepada pasangan warganegara Malaysia dan Myanmar yang lahir di selatan Thailand hanya mampu melihat rakannya memulakan sesi persekolahan di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina, Changlun kerana tidak mendaftar sijil kelahiran di Malaysia. NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

CHANGLUN 01 JANUARY 2017. Tan Yao Chun, 7, anak kepada pasangan warganegara Malaysia dan Myanmar yang lahir di selatan Thailand hanya mampu melihat rakannya memulakan sesi persekolahan di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina, Changlun kerana tidak mendaftar sijil kelahiran di Malaysia. NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

SIK: All stateless children in Kedah, aged seven and above, will be allowed to enrol in public schools in the state.

Announcing this today, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said state Education Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zin will be holding a briefing session with all district education offices (PPDs) in the state on the matter soon.

The decision came one day after the New Straits Times had highlighted the plight of seven-year-old Tan Yao Chun from Changlun, who was unable to attend school as his Malaysian father did not register his birth with the Malaysian embassy in Thailand.

Ahmad Bashah said the boy’s predicament was discussed in the state executive council meeting today.

“We were informed by Tajul during the meeting that the Education Ministry has given its permission for stateless children to be accepted in all public schools, and that he will be calling all the PPDs to brief them on this matter soon,” he told a press conference here today. Read more

Finally free from ‘abuse’ after 10 years, children may now lose their home

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The girls at the Caring Hands home in Ipoh talk about their decade-long abuse under the previous caretakers. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

The girls at the Caring Hands home in Ipoh talk about their decade-long abuse under the previous caretakers. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

IPOH, Dec 27 — After enduring physical and mental abuse for about 10 years while living in a home for underprivileged children, a group of 12 girls finally spoke up. But now they are in danger of losing the very home that has given them some semblance of normalcy… despite the alleged abuse.

The girls, aged between seven to 18, live in Kaakum Karangal (Tamil for “Caring Hands”) located in the middle-class Lim Garden neighbourhood of Ipoh.

They study at the Tarcisian Convent primary and secondary schools which are just walking distance away and largely regarded as one of Ipoh’s more prominent schools.

The home, established in 2002, is funded by the Society of Caring Hands Ipoh, an NGO comprising successful and respected Indian businessmen, retired top civil servants, and other highly-regarded professionals from Ipoh.

But earlier this year, an unexpected turn of events caused the previously passive members of the society to look closely at how the home was run, which later brought to light allegations of both physical and mental abuse. Read more

Rightless, Rohingya children at risk to vice and slave labour

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Undocumented migrants cannot legally work in Malaysia, and their children are also not provided with healthcare or education by the state, which worsens their desperation. — Reuters pic.

Undocumented migrants cannot legally work in Malaysia, and their children are also not provided with healthcare or education by the state, which worsens their desperation. — Reuters pic.

AMPANG, Dec 20 — At 8am each day, a dark-skinned boy dressed in a worn Baju Melayu, torn pants and a skull cap will loiter at the busy bus stop across the Ampang Point Mall here, where commuters gather on their way to work.

With a blank expression, the boy, likely in his early teens, tirelessly approaches one commuter after another. Once he gains their attention, he clasps his hands together in a pleading gesture and begs for money.

Some give, others do not. But most relent when the boy points to his feet; his left foot is partially amputated. A rusty old pair of crutches helps the boy walk.

“I’m usually hesitant to give money because I think they end up giving it to the syndicates. But I can’t help but feel sorry since he’s crippled,” said a young professional Malay man who gave RM1 to the boy. Read more

Who is going to protect our children?

If we don’t stand up for children….then we don’t stand for much – Mariam W. Edelman.

Think about this for a moment: who is there to protect our children, YOUR children. The first thing that probably comes to mind is their parents, family, and loved ones around them.

But what happens when that’s not enough?

Us as a collective, as a society, we have the obligation to protect our children with fair laws and regulations. Laws that can guarantee that every child, no matter what their background, race, country, or economical situation might be, has access to basic human rights, and a safe and constructive environment to grow up in.

Sadly, many countries don’t have these basic laws – to protect youths. Many don’t have access to basic health care, are denied access to education, are exposed to horrible practices such as child marriage, and worse.

During this Incitement KL three topics will be covered:

  1. Child grooming
  2. Statelessness
  3. Child marriage

Yes! This is happening right here. In Malaysia. And more often that you’d think.

Here, too, children lack basics rights. For example: in 2010 a United Nations report showed that over 82,000 married women in Malaysia were girls between the age of 15 and 19. And nearly 16,000 girls below the age of 15 were in a marriage. Think about that for a moment…
Join us at Incitement KL & become more aware of what’s happening around you, and learn how you can get involved to in giving child victims the opportunity to live a “normal” life – like you and me.

Sindiket bayi: Polis puas hati kerjasama wartawan Al-Jazeera

Sumber: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar berkata polis sudah memanggil wartawan Al-Jazeera berhubung sebuah program disiarkan yang mendedahkan sindiket penjualan bayi di Malaysia, dan berpuas hati dengan kerjasama yang diberikan.

Ketua polis negara itu berkata Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah menghubungi seorang wanita tempatan pada hari sama laporan Al-Jazeera itu diterbitkan.

“Kita merakam keterangannya dan beliau memberi kerjasama baik. Kita sedang meneliti maklumat yang diberikannya dan mencari maklumat lanjut.”

Khalid berkata pihaknya juga akan bekerjasama dengan Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM) dan Kementerian Kesihatan untuk mengenal pasti mereka yang terlibat.
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