Ministry wants access to sex offenders list

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PUTRAJAYA: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is in talks with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to be allowed access to the list of sex offenders, including those involved in child abuse or in accident cases.

Its deputy minister, Chew Mei Fun said the access would allow the Welfare Department (JKM) to cross-check names under the sex offenders list or those who had been blacklisted from setting up or working at any nursery.

“Those who were involved in accidents, causing the death of children, or in child abuse cases will be blacklisted from becoming nursery entrepreneurs or workers.

“This is to protect the children and their safety. It will enable owners to cross-check the names of those applying to work at their nurseries,” she told reporters after officiating the JKM’s Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya-level “Jom Daftar” campaign here today.

The campaign is aimed at raising the number of registered nurseries with the JKM and raising awareness on the safety aspects of children at nurseries.

Chew said 938 nurseries had yet to be registered under JKM as of July, while 4,240 nurseries were registered.

Unregistered nurseries will face fines and they might be dragged to court if there are no initiatives taken by the owners to register their nurseries, she added.