Dis­abled kids ‘kept in cages’

> Chew to visit wel­fare home af­ter pic­tures of chil­dren in cramped spa­ces sur­face on­line

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY G. SURACH

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­istry will in­ves­ti­gate a wel­fare home for dis­abled chil­dren in Batu Ga­jah to­day af­ter pic­tures of them liv­ing in squalid con­di­tions sur­faced on so­cial me­dia re­cently.

Deputy Min­is­ter Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun told theSun she will visit the Rumah Ke­ba­jikan Kanak-Kanak Ca­cat to see the chil­dren.

“An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port is al­ready be­ing pre­pared by the Wel­fare Depart­ment.

“I will need time to go through it and visit the place be­fore com­ment­ing fur­ther,” she said.

The pic­tures, which were con­trib­uted by a vis­i­tor to the home, showed that more than one child oc­cu­pied a tiny space which did not have a bed, drink­ing wa­ter or proper light­ing.

The vis­i­tor, in her post­ing on so­cial me­dia, also de­scribed the place as smelly, reek­ing of bleach and ex­cre­ment.

A com­mon shower head and a toi­let were near where the chil­dren were be­ing kept.

She claimed that the home was di­vided into two sec­tions, one for dis­abled women which was well main­tained and taken care of, while the other sec­tion was where the dis­abled chil­dren were kept.

The chil­dren were also re­port­edly kept in cage-like struc­tures.

Mean­while, home chair­man R. Si­valingam was re­ported as say­ing that the home was forced to re­sort to such ac­tions for the safety of the chil­dren.

He said they had to separate the chil­dren as some of them had se­ri­ous men­tal prob­lems and were ag­gres­sive to an ex­tent of in­jur­ing the oth­ers.

“Yes, we do separate them but there are no el­e­ments of tor­ture or any­thing as al­leged, but mainly to en­sure their safety. The per­son who made the pic­tures vi­ral prob­a­bly did not un­der­stand the rea­sons and re­garded it as tor­ture,” he added. SEE ALSO

The chil­dren con­fined in a small space.

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