Malaysia can’t implement night ‘curfew’ on children yet  

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian government feels the proposed night ‘curfew’ on children under the age of 18 cannot be implemented yet due to various reasons, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said among the reasons was the absence of parents at home to monitor their children as they were juggling with more than one job to cover the cost of living. “There is also a need for children to be outdoor at night such as tuition classes, sports activities and religious activities in surau.

“Besides, there are also working children to help support their families in terms of socio-economic as allowed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for teenagers aged 15 and above as our secondary education is not compulsory,” she said in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

She said this in her reply to a question from Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew (PH-Wangsa Maju) who wanted to know the government’s decision on the proposal to impose a ‘curfew’ on children under the age of 18 as stated earlier this year.