Monday, July 22, 2013

Minister to visit Penans to review steps on sex assault

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim will visit the Penan community in Sarawak to review the implementation of recommendations made in a 2009 report on sexual assault against Penan women.

NONERohani said most of the recommendations listed in the National Taskforce Report, which listed steps to combat problems in areas of sexual abuse, birth registration and citizenship, healthcare and education, have been executed.

She said the visit would be to examine how much response and attention the taskforce had received since its establishment.

“Most of it has been done already. We’re going to revisit (the Penan community in Baram Tengah) to see how much (response) it has received,” she told Malaysiakini at the sidelines of a forum in Kuala Lumpur today.

In June, five Penan representatives travelled to Kuala Lumpur to seek the minister's help in expediting efforts to improve the livelihood of their community, but Rohani was abroad at the time.

Child protection online

In another development, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is also considering establishing an awareness programme to tackle cyberspace violence among children.

NONEChild Online Protection, the brainchild of both the ministry and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), seeks to protect children from falling prey to pornography, phone sex and cyber-grooming.

“With an internet penetration of 70% in Malaysia, children are very much exposed to (numerous) dangerous elements, and so we must protect them from this,” the ministry’s deputy secretary general Harjeet Singh explained.

He added that training courses will be offered to both parents and children so equip them with the necessary knowledge in dealing with cyber violence.

However, he did not set a date as to when the proposal will be completed.

~ Malaysiakini

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