Academic named Malaysia’s first children’s commissioner

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) academic Noor Aziah Awal has been appointed as the country’s first children’s commissioner.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong consented to Noor Aziah’s appointment under the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999.

Her appointment, which took effect on April 27, is for three years.

“Noor Aziah is a lecturer at the law faculty at UKM. She is also a member of the National Children’s Council,” it said, adding that she has more than 20 years of experience in the area of human rights, particularly on legal issues related to women and children.

She has also served as Malaysia’s representative in the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children and as chairman of the Muslim Women Consultative Council.

“This appointment is among the new measures taken by the government to protect the interests of children.”

Previously, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the government would appoint a children’s commissioner as part of efforts to better protect children. Over 60 countries around the world have a children’s commissioner.