KPWKM creates committee to fight cyberbullying and sex crimes against children

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) has established an integrated action committee to fight cyberbullying and online sex crimes against children.

His Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun(Photo) said the move is in line with Malaysia’s commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse based on article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

“Malaysia must comply with the principles and provisions enshrined in the CRC, in particular regarding the rights of children, including their survival, protection, development and participation,” she said.

Rina said the committee was established on June 15, comprising various government agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social activists.

The committee is also tasked with discussing advocacy measures and appropriate interventions regarding the issues, she added.

“We (the committee) discussed methods to tackle these issues (cyberbullying and child sex crimes). Among those that will be carried out is an advocacy campaign, ”she said at a press conference after presiding over the celebration of National Children’s Day 2021 on the theme“ Our children, our future ”here today.

In another development, Rina said that the KPWKM is drafting the soon to be introduced National Child Development Index with the aim of improving policies related to the biological and psychological development of children.

She said Malaysia’s Department of Statistics reported that in May of this year, around 9.69 million or 29.3% of Malaysia’s total population were children.

“In view of this huge number, KPWKM, in the minds of the Malaysian family, remains committed to ensuring the welfare of children in the best interests of the child,” she said.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Hang Tuah award recipient Muhammad Hadif Syazwan Anas expressed his pride at the recognition.

Hadif Syazwan received the award for his courage in saving his great-grandmother Kalsom Abdullah, 85, from flooding in Yan, Kedah on August 18.Bernama

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