PETALING JAYA: The so-called “sex offenders registry” which many have been demanding for is now available under the purview of the women, family and community development ministry, with 102 names compiled so far.
This was revealed by its minister, Rohani Abdul Karim, who said that the database known as “Register of Children”, is compiled and updated continuously as and when a suspect is convicted for any offence against a child, TheSun reported.
“Interested parties like employers in the childcare or education sectors may apply to the department to screen individuals who intend to work with them.
“The screening is to ensure the individuals are free from any criminal record, where a child is a victim,” she was quoted as saying by the daily.
She added that the register, which will be managed and maintained by the social welfare department, contains the names and information on 102 individuals who have been convicted of a crime against a child, including sexual abuse.
Though the register has been ready since January, according to ministry records, there has been no request from any individual or institution to check the register todate.
“The database will be updated continuously as and when a suspect is convicted for any offence against a child with the department constantly engaging the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers on the content of the register,” she was quoted as saying by TheSun.
The register was created under the Child (Amendment) Act 2016 gazetted last July, and aside from cross-referencing for the purpose of recruitment, the database will remain confidential and not accessible to the public.