Be Highly Alert on Paedophile Cases

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No one can forget the current high-profile paedophile cases in Malaysia that involved Richard Huckle who sexually abused up to 200 Malaysian children between 6 months and 12 years old, while doing voluntary work or Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, who served only 9 months of the 5-year jail sentence handed to him by the British courts. The society has taken further steps on children’s safety, and Johor Women’s League (JEWEL).

The society has taken further steps on children’s safety, and Johor Women’s League (JEWEL) recently organised the second “Paedophilia: A Malaysian Perspective” public talk with guest speakers such as social activist Syed Azmi AlHabshi, speaker from Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), ASP Siti Aminah Mat Isa, and representative from Department of Social Welfare, Zaidi Ikhwan Lim.

Paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children.

“Paedophiles are difficult to distinguish and therefore, it is very important that everyone should be highly on alert of any suspicious activity that can lead to pedophile cases. It is our job to protect the children,” said Syed Azmi during the talk.

“Whether we realise or not, our society is to be blamed especially when we allow and accept the usage of lewd words in our daily conversation. It is to an extent that people thought that these are only jokes and acceptable but it is degrading yet traumatising once the case had happened to your family members,” he stressed.

Syed advises the public to lodge a police report if there’s any suspected children who happened to be victims related to paedophile cases. Parents are urged to listen and believe what their children are saying and lodge a police report for further action.

For instance, Section 31 (b) of the Child Act 2001 states that anyone with a child in their care who sexually abuses that child or causes or permits him to be so abused can be liable to a fine of up to RM20,000 and a jail term of up to 10 years, or both.

“When a report is lodged, parents should give way for the police to investigate the issue for further actions to be taken. Teachers too can lodge reports if they found suspected students as paedophile victims. It is advisable that only victims should hand in their statements to avoid any misinformation during the lodging of report,” said ASP Siti Aminah, speaker from Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).

More than 250 counsellors from primary and secondary schools attended the talk and also present were Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation of Johor Chairman, Datuk Freddie Loong and Women’s Development Department Director, Mohamad Ali Taib.

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