KUALA LUMPUR: The National Association Against Drug Abuse (Pemadam) has urged the government to review and study the National Child Protection Policy to better protect children in the country.
Pemadam women and family development bureau chairman Jamelah A Bakar said the policy, supported by the social welfare department (JKM), was responsible for ensuring that every child is protected from neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation.
She said the policy can be fully functional when the people are able to be a catalyst to increase awareness and commitment of all parties in protecting children.
“The review of this policy and the monitoring of its implementation must be done carefully so that children’s lives are preserved,” she said in a statement.
Jamelah also urged the education ministry and JKM to strengthen cooperation in monitoring children who are placed under guardianship when their parents are imprisoned.
“Emotional and physical changes in children can be noticed by teachers or relevant officials.
“Immediate action can be taken for the safety of the individual involved,” she said when commenting on the death of a boy, believed to be abused by his family members.
Yesterday, Johor police chief Kamarul Zaman Mamat revealed that the four-year-old boy died at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor on Monday after he succumbed to serious injuries believed to be from physical abuse and torture.