Hannah Yeoh on Child Abuse Issue: Many Not Fit to be Parents

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Many parents are not fit to be parents, says deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh in relation to cases of child abuse.

She said the protection of a child’s welfare should start with the parents.

“If you want to talk about child protection and child safety, statistics show that they are not just abused by nannies or homes; parents also abuse their children,” she said at BFM’s Health and Living Jr fair by AIA Vitality.

On child marriage, she said ministry officials were going on the ground to educate parents on the issue.

“We want to offer scholarships, vocational boarding, whatever we have. We want to give it to them as an option,” she said.

Yeoh also said a meeting would be held with chief ministers this month on increasing the minimum age of marriage.

“All the chief ministers will be coming for a meeting in Putrajaya this month, and a paper will be presented by our ministry and Jakim (Islamic Affairs department) together to lobby the chief ministers.

“Secondly, we want to consult and talk to the Council of Rulers because they are the head of Islam in every state,” she said. – The Star