Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hisham: Protecting women and children to be NKRA goal

KUALA LUMPUR: Protecting women and children against violence and crime has been included as an objective in the crime reduction initiative, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said.

The Cabinet in its meeting yesterday decided to include the protection of women and children as an agenda under the National Key Results Area (NKRA) for Crime Reduction, said Hishammuddin.

There are seven NKRAs in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), a government effort to improve its services and better meet the people's needs.

“When the NKRA was first launched we looked at street crimes, but today the emphasis is different and we are looking at things such as the protection of women and children which the Cabinet decided to include as well,” Hishammuddin said during a visit to the Children's Activity Centre in Chow Kit, a shelter for poor children run by the Social Welfare Department.

Hishammuddin said agencies in the Home Ministry such as the National Registration Department and National Anti-Drugs Agency would work with the Women and Family Development Ministry to draw up programmes to meet the objective.

The protection of women and children needed a holistic approach to cover a range of problems and issues such as the trafficking of women and children by syndicates as well as children who are born in the country but do not have birth certificates.

The protection of women and children will also be included in the recently-launched 1Malaysia For Youth (iM4U) volunteerism initiative, said Hishammuddin.

Youths who sign up as volunteers under the iM4U programme can take part in a variety of activities which will soon include helping women and children in need.

On the Kuala Lumpur High Court's decision to quash the Home Minister's declaration that Bersih 2.0 was an illegal society, Hishammuddin said the Attorney-General would be deciding whether to appeal.

“If we want the public to respect our courts, I must also do the same and respect the court's decision. At least now people cannot say that the court is biased because the decision surely did not favour the Government.”

Hishammuddin said that despite the court's decision, any organisation that conducted illegal activities could still be hauled to court.

On another matter, Hishammuddin said he would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding on transnational crime with China's Public Security Minister in Beijing next week.
Source : Click


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