KUALA TERENGGANU, July 6 (Bernama) -- Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said has asked the local community to be more sensitive to child abuse incidents.
"I am saddened by what had happened to the victims. Even animals have love for their offspring," he told reporters after visiting three abused siblings at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital here today.
Ahmad spent 30 minutes with the children who were abused by their mother and stepfather recently.
Neighbours should be alert to such cases, he said, adding that, "I hope the community can change the culture and become more concerned with the surroundings."
On Tuesday, the Kuala Terengganu Magistrate's Court sentenced the mother and stepfather of three siblings to 10 years and 13 years' jail respectively for abusing them.
Norazira Abas, 29, and her husband Mohd Shazwan Shaari, 26, a labourer, pleaded guilty to three counts of abusing the children aged seven, five, and two and a half years, at a house at Taman Perumahan Gong Badak 4 here between March and June.
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