Pedophile threat is serious in Malaysia

Apr 4, 2017

A total of 5,052 child sexual abuse cases were reported in Malaysia in the last five years and most of the offenders were parents, guardians and those close to the child victims including pedophiles.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim who gave the details, said not all children sexual abuse cases involved pedophiles, but the increasing pedophile threat should be given serious attention.

Rohani said the impact of the Internet and social media on sexual exploitation of children by pedophiles was very wide to the point of resulting in many victims at one time through cyber grooming.

“Based on these situations, the ministry views the crime of pedophilia as needing serious attention by all quarters and I really hope the bill tabled today will receive the support of all.

“The threat of pedophilia could be seen from the use and exposure to easily accessible technology such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” Rohani told the Parliament today when replying to a question from Parit Sulong MP Noraini Ahmad of Barisan Nasional.

Over the five-year period, child sexual abuse cases had shown an increase except in 2014 and 2015 where there was a slight decline.

The prime minister had during the Women’s Day 2016 celebration ordered for the formation of a task force to look into this matter.

As a result of the task force’s action, the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 is being debated in the Parliament today.

Rohani revealed that 824 cases of missing children under the age of 18 years were recorded by the police last year and out of this number, 11 cases were reported through the missing children early warning system – the National Urgent Response Alert – NUR Alert.

The system recorded cases of missing children aged 12 years and below, with the information widely disseminated to the public through various mediums such as websites, posters, automated teller machines, the short-message system (SMS), multimedia messaging service (MMS), television, radio, print media, electronic boards and notice boards. – Bernama