‘It should be passed, im­ple­mented as soon as pos­si­ble’ 10pc more Malay re­serve land na­tion­wide

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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

PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI IS­MAIL

Per­mata pro­gramme pa­tron Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor at the flag­ging off of the ‘Per­mata On Wheels’ na­tion­wide tour in Putrajaya, yes­ter­day.

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