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Children’s safety cannot be taken for granted

May 2, 2012

The protection of children must start from the home, and parents should be responsible for the safety of their children, says a social activist.

KUALA LUMPUR: Social activist Lee Lam Thye today said that parents, school administrators and the local community should educate children on how to protect themselves to prevent heinous criminal acts against them.

Lee, who is also the vice-chairman of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF), said protecting children from criminal acts was the responsibility of all, and not just the authorities.

“A child’s safety cannot be taken for granted by all Malaysians as protecting children from violence is an integral component of protecting their rights to survival, growth and development,” Lee said in a statement today.

He said the protection of children must start from the home, and parents should be responsible for the safety of their children, for example, by teaching them how to respond to potentially dangerous situations.

“Children must be taught to be suspicious of strangers all the time and not be lured by people unknown to them, and how to make an escape in the event of an abduction.”

Lee was commenting on the case of Nayati Shamelin Moodliar, 12, who was abducted last Friday while walking to school near his home.

Besides parents, Lee also urged those manning guardhouses in all schools and housing areas to play their role by tightening security to ensure the protection of children and preventing child abduction.

“Foot and motorcycle patrols around schools should be intensified, while the local authorities need to identify more areas for installation of CCTVs and pay closer attention to good lighting along back lanes and dark alleys,” he said.

- Bernama


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