Proposal For Special Child Protection Dept Will Be Presented To Cabinet Again
A proposal to establish a special department to protect children against crime and abuse will once again be presented to the cabinet on Friday, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Nancy Shukri.
The cabinet previously rejected the proposal as it involved a huge allocation, she said.
"Before the re-tabling of Budget 2023 on Friday, I will once again present this proposal and we will continue to press for the creation of this department," she told a press conference after visiting the Children’s Interview Centres (CIC) in Kuala Lumpur today.
The minister said the proposal would be more holistic and hoped that it can be given due consideration.
Touching on her visit, Nancy found the police were in dire need of the latest equipment as well as additional staff to deal with crimes under the Criminal Investigation Department’s Sexual, Women and Child Investigations Division (D11).
“We found that D11 needs the latest high-tech computer equipment in addition to an updated system involving large and sophisticated data storage to deal with cases, including pornographic crimes," she said.
Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Abd Jalil Hassan said the police plan to increase the number of CICs from its 14 centres nationwide.
"We want to add two centres each in Sarawak and Sabah, and one in Pahang due to its large demographics,” he added.
The CIC was established in 2002 as a centre under D11 to take statements from children who are victims of criminal cases such as rape and abuse.
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