MCPF CALLS FOR GREATER EFFORT TO PROTECT CHILDREN

16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 (Bernama) -- The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) called on the society, in particular parents and teachers, to put in greater effort to protect children and young people from crime, violence and all forms of abuses.

Its president Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said protecting children from despicable criminal acts was not only the duty of the authorities but the responsibility of society as a whole.

"The time has come for the government to launch a sustainable nationwide campaign for child protection and safety involving all strata of society.

"Over the years, there have been numerous cases of missing and abused children and all these tell us that we must never take the safety of these young people for granted," he said in a statement today.

He said protection must begin at home where parents should teach children how to respond in potentially dangerous situations and monitor their whereabouts.

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Lee also advocated that schools must emphasise child safety education as these category of children were proven to be the most vulnerable.

Lee said in collaboration with the Education Ministry, MCPF has set up crime prevention clubs in primary and secondary schools to not only create awareness but also teach students to be safe at all the times.

To date, 5,778 such clubs have been set up involving an estimated 614,385 students.

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