‘It should be passed, implemented as soon as possible’ 10pc more Malay reserve land nationwide
PUTRAJAYA: The prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also Permata programme’s patron, has pledged her support for the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017, which was tabled in Parliament for the first time on Tuesday.
Rosmah thanked opposition members of parliament for setting aside their political differences and standing with Barisan Nasional MPs in pushing for the bill to be passed.
“I am happy that the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill is supported by all MPs, be they from the opposition or BN.
“I wish to thank everyone for their support. This bill should be passed as soon as possible, so we can implement the law against child sex predators and prevent untoward incidents from occurring,” she said.
Rosmah, who is a strong advocate of the law, urged parents to change their perspective on sexual offences against children, which was a taboo in Malaysia.
She said this at Seri Perdana here yesterday after flagging off the “Permata On Wheels” nationwide tour. The tour will visit seven states all over Malaysia to promote its integrated childhood education programmes.
“We will be travelling to villages and remote areas, especially Orang Asli villages. We want to create public awareness on the importance of early childhood education, especially for kids below 4,” Rosmah said.
She said the tour would start in Kampung Chang Baru in Bidor, Perak, on April 1 and 2.
“Our outreach programme in Perak will involve 50 children.
“Three children will be taken care of by one teacher. So, the ratio is 3:1.
“The teachers will stay with the children for two days. Apart from educational programmes, they will also work on community programmes with the Tok Batin (village head).”
The Permata On Wheels will be making its pit stop in Kampung Simpang Arang in Gelang Patah, Johor (May); Sungai Besar, Selangor (June); Bintulu, Sarawak (July); Keningau, Sabah (September); Felda Palong, Negri Sembilan (October); and, in Padang Serai, Kedah come November. KUALA LUMPUR: Malay reserve land is estimated to cover four million hectares nationwide as of October last year, an increase of 10 per cent from 2008.
Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri said the total acreage was sourced through the Peninsular Malaysia Malay Reserve Data Management Steering Committee.
“However, the committee is collecting more precise data on reserve land from state governments,” he said in reply to Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (BN-Tanah Merah) on the remaining total acreage of Malay reserve land.
On the government’s efforts to develop Malay reserve land, Hamim said the government always strived towards that direction.
He said, however, it depended on the potential and condition of the reserve land, such as acreage, position and whether there were overlapping claims.
“The closest example is land on complicated lots, such as in Kampung Baru.” Bernama
Permata programme patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at the flagging off of the ‘Permata On Wheels’ nationwide tour in Putrajaya, yesterday.