‘Diversion’ project for children involved in minor crime for implementation next year

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will implement a pilot project, known as ‘Diversion’, for children charged with minor crime next year, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said the ‘Diversion’ system would be implemented to keep children involved in crime that were minor or not serious out of the existing justice system. “The children will not be detained. (Instead) they will go through an intervention programme   that is specially prepared for them based on their offence and background,” she said during an official visit to Sekolah Tunas Bakti, Sungai Besi.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the intervention module would be introduced as an alternative rehabilitation method and would encompass counselling sessions, community service, payment of damages or repair.

However, she said, the matter would be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further discussion prior to its implementation.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail during an official visit to Sekolah Tunas Bakti, Sungai Besi. – BERNAMA