Child sex offender registry up and running

childPETALING JAYA: The women, family and community development ministry has established the Child Registry amid brickbats over its long delay.

The Child Registry is a database of the names of child sex offenders and their crimes, set up under the Child Act (Amendment) 2016.

In a statement today, the ministry said the Child Registry had been set up and was accessible by request to the social welfare department director-general.

The ministry said the registry would enable employers, whose businesses were centred on children, to check if a potential employee had a record for child sex offences.

This included applicants for positions as maid, canteen worker, school bus driver and school security guard.

“This is more of a preventive measure to ensure children are not exposed to sex offenders and to reduce the chances of a sex offender re-offending.”

It noted that the Child Registry was different from the Registration of Criminals and Undesirable Persons Act 1969, which came under the home ministry.

A check with the ministry found that each request for information will be assessed before the data, which is confidential, is released.

Just two days ago, DAP’s Yeo Bee Yin questioned the government’s inaction and delay in the setting up of a sex offenders registry.

Yeo reminded Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim that it had been six months since the Child Act (Amendment) 2016 was gazetted but according to media reports, the ministry was still in meetings with police to establish the child sex offenders registry.

Earlier this week, Yeo lashed out at the authorities, including Rohani, over the delay in the establishment of the registry as reports confirmed the return of convicted serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah to Malaysia this weekend after serving out a 24 year jail sentence in Canada for sex-related crimes.