107 offenders listed in child registry

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 107 convicted child offenders have been listed in the Child Registry, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Azizah Mohd Dun said the Child Registry was implemented together with the enforcement of amendments to the Child Act 2001 to provide information on individuals seeking employment in roles involving children such as childminders, hostel wardens and canteen operators.

She said information on the child offenders and action taken against the individuals concerned was obtained from the police and would remain in the registry to serve as a reference for interested parties, especially those providing services for children.

“The list of offenders in the registry is confidential and will not be announced or displayed. It is an effort for employers to step up child safety,” she said in response to a question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya).

She said the offences were not confined to sexual crimes, but included others such as child abuse, using children to beg and child neglect.

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