Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced a committee has been set up to safeguard and protect the welfare of vulnerable people, especially children, persons with disabilities, women and senior citizens.
He said the committee, which will be chaired by him and has representatives from many Ministries, is to ensure that all care centres are operated according to the procedure in line with the Care Centres Act 1993, the Prime Minister said.
“At the same time, this committee will also look into the operations of religious educational institutions like tahfiz centres which are not registered and not managed properly,” he told reporters after meetung Down syndrome girl Bella at a Welfare Home.
Ismail Sabri added the committee would also look into issues of children without identification documents.
In Malaysia, currently there are 1,898 care centres registered with the Social Welfare Department, including 1,255 child care centres, 202 people with disabilities care centres, 383 senior citizens care centres and 10 women’s care centres. Besides more than 1,025 care centres operating without the approval of the Social Welfare Department, Ismail Sabri said.