JOHOR BARU, 13 Nov — The Welfare Association of Wives of Johor Elected Representatives (Juita) plans to set up a voluntary Anti-Sexual Crime Against Children and Anti-Paedophile squad to continuously create public awareness about this crime.
Juita president, Datin Seri Rosni Omar said the team would comprise Johor members of the Girl Guides Association Malaysia (GGAM), Pergerakan Puteri Islam Malaysia Perhubungan Negeri Johor, youth groups and undergraduates of tertiary institutions.
“This initiative is to build a generation that is knowledgeable, responsible, caring and loving regardless of religion, race and creed to ensure a good future for the children of this country.
“All parties concerned should also strive at playing a bigger role in raising public awareness of sexual crime against children,” she said at the opening of the state-level seminar on ‘Stopping Sexual Crime Against Children’ at the Iskandar Islamic Complex, here, today.
Rosni said the Johor government under the leadership of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin was committed and taking proactive measures to curb this crime.
She also called on parents to be more stern on their children in educating them, including monitoring the children’s use of the Internet and social media.
“If not parents, who else are closest to screen the information and images shared on the social media? Parents should pay attention to their children’s problems and development. Let us face some difficulties now rather than crying over spilt milk later on.
“The threats of this crime can come from various sources, more so with the current technology where the social media have opened a wide avenue for paedophiles to look for their potential victims in cyber space,” she said.
Rosni said today’s seminar was important in educating people on the issue of sexual crime against children and how to protect them against such threats.
“We also want to get the commitment of all parties concerned to preventing and eradicating this crime and to provide support services to those in need,” she added.
The seminar was attended by over 1,000 members of GGAM, Pergerakan Puteri Islam Malaysia and students of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA Pasir Gudang and Politeknik Sultan Ibrahim Pasir Gudang. — Bernama