Welfare home with occupants in ‘cage’ under probe


KUALA LUMPUR: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) is awaiting a report from its officials sent to a welfare home in Perak whose occupants were reportedly placed in a fenced cubicle like a cage.

Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said she was waiting for the follow-up report about the home, which has gone viral on social media.

“I instructed officials to go to that place … I am now waiting for a detailed report from them,” she told Bernama after appearing as a guest in a programme aired by the Bernama News Channel today.

She said the welfare home is a registered care centre.

Rohani, however, stressed that children or people with disabilities, who are residents of any welfare centre, must be treated properly and maintained by taking into account the standard operating procedures (SOP).

“I want to make sure this welfare centre is complying with the SOP.”

It was reported that a visitor to the welfare home for children with disabilities in Batu Gajah found the residents placed in a special “cage”. The issue is getting mixed reactions from netizens.