Child sex of­fend­ers list ready soon

> Reg­is­ter will en­able amended Child Act en­force­ment next year: Ro­hani

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KAREN ARUKESAMY

KUALA LUMPUR: The com­pi­la­tion of a child sex­ual of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter is ex­pected to be ready by next month, which will pave the way for the en­force­ment of the amended Child Act next year.

Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim (pix) told theSun the min­istry is work­ing with the po­lice and courts to ob­tain the details of crim­i­nals in cases specif­i­cally in­volv­ing child vic­tims.

It is learnt the de­lay in en­force­ment of the Act was due to the draft­ing of reg­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing the com­mu­nity ser­vice or­der, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme and the com­pi­la­tion of the reg­is­ter known as the “Reg­is­ter of Chil­dren”.

theSun was also in­formed the reg­u­la­tions were not drafted along with the amend­ments to the Act be­cause the draft Bill was “sub­jec­tive” and may be fur­ther amended based on a de­ci­sion in Par­lia­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, the process of draft­ing the reg­u­la­tions is quite te­dious.

Ro­hani said the Reg­is­ter of Chil­dren will con­tain in­for­ma­tion on of­fend­ers for crimes in­clud­ing sex­ual of­fences, un­der any writ­ten laws where a child is the vic­tim.

“But the reg­is­ter is con­fi­den­tial and will not be made ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.

“The reg­is­ter not only con­tains in­for­ma­tion on con­victs who have un­der­gone their pun­ish­ments, but also in­for­ma­tion of vic­tims, whose iden­ti­ties must be pro­tected.”

Ro­hani said the So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment (JKM) will be in charge of the reg­is­ter and will as­sist schools, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­sti­tu­tions deal­ing with chil­dren such as nurs­eries, child-care cen­tres and kinder­gartens, when­ever nec­es­sary, with the in­for­ma­tion.

“The first phase of the reg­is­ter will in­volve cross-check­ing ex­ist­ing in­for­ma­tion of of­fend­ers while up­dat­ing the in­for­ma­tion of those who have been con­victed.

“In­ter­ested par­ties like em­ploy­ers in child care or the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor may ap­ply to JKM to screen in­di­vid­u­als who in­tend to work with them.

“The screen­ing is to en­sure the in­di­vid­u­als are free from any crim­i­nal record where a child is a vic­tim,” she said.

Ro­hani said only the JKM di­rec­tor-gen­eral has the power to ap­prove such ap­pli­ca­tions.

Nev­er­the­less, she said the de­ci­sion of hir­ing the screened per­son is solely up to the em­ployer.

“The screen­ing of the reg­is­ter would pre­vent chil­dren from be­ing in con­tact with ex-of­fend­ers of crimes in­volv­ing chil­dren,” said Ro­hani.

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