PUTATAN: Some 1002 cases involving children were reported from January until September this year at the Sabah Department of Social Welfare Services.
The state Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Hajah Jainab Ahmad Ayid, said in handling this matter the Malaysia Social Welfare Services Department has launched a safety campaign for primary schoolchildren.
“All parties need to work together in the effort to protect children from danger,” she said.
She also hopes for the campaign to be able to help in reducing children-related cases.
She was speaking during officiating the state level Safe and Protect safety campaign for schoolchildren at Soluxe Hotel.
Her text speech was delivered by her assistant, Datuk Anita Baranting.
At the same event, the state Welfare Director, Mohammad Noor Wahab, said the campaign’s main objective is to raise public awareness on the urgency to protect children.
“Among cases reported are crime-related incident involving children at 554 cases, abandonment (138 cases), sexual abuse (89 cases) involuntary cases (74), immediate protection (61 cases), physical abuse (44 cases), exposure on moral problems (38 cases), and baby dumping (4 cases),” he added.
He also said four schools have been selected for the launching of the campaign for state level with three schools in rural areas and one urban school.
“These schools are SK Kolombong, SK Stella Maris, and SJKC Chung Hwa Kota Kinabalu, and SK Stella Maris is for urban area, with SK Kelahanan Papar for rural areas,” he said. -SayangSabah