KUALA LUMPUR, 22 Oct 2009: Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who was shocked and upset over the death of a toddler who was potentially abused, has proposed maximum sentences be meted out to offenders.
Urging the police to speed up investigations into child abuse causes, she said the Welfare Services Department would also take action against offenders under the Child Act 2009.
Acts of violence against children must be curtailed and the public should report such cases to the police, the ministry or the department, she told reporters at a news conference today.
She was commenting on Aaliyah Aiman Hussin Abdullah‘s death last week at a condominium in Cheras. Aaliyah’s mother and her Sudanese boyfriend are expected to be charged with her murder.
Shahrizat said the public can file complaints, and seek help or information on child abuse by contacting Talian Nur at 15999.
She said Talian Nur had recorded 2,607 child abuse cases between December 2007 and October 2009, of which 278 were confirmed cases.
She added that public apathy about violence against children has contributed to the increase in child abuse cases. — Bernama