Negligence, neglect of children can land parents in legal trouble

KULAI (Bernama) – The Malaysian government yesterday warned that parents who are careless with their children or neglect them can land themselves in trouble with the law.

Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh said the Child Act 2001 provided for action be taken against parents for being negligent or neglectful of their children.

“Do not ever neglect your children, for example, by leaving them unattended in the house for one or two days as this could be fatal.

“It has also become a trend for parents to leave their children in the car, for instance, to top up their Touch ‘n Go card. Do not leave your child in the car alone even for five minutes because it’s dangerous,” she said when met by reporters after officiating at the Johor state-level Women’s Day 2019 celebration yesterday.

State Women’s Development and Tourism Committee Chairman Liow Cai Tung and Chairman of the Charitable Association of Wives of Johor Government Elected Representatives (Jasmine) Datin Nora Mohd Som were also present.

Yeoh’s statement was in reference to the incident where a seven-year-old girl was left alone in a house with the doors locked in Taman Hijrah, Kangar, Perlis, since last Wednesday.

She said there was element of neglect in this case and the girl was now under the care of the Social Welfare Department.

Malaysian Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh cutting the ribbon to officiate the Women’s Day Celebration 2019 at the IOI Mall Kulai yesterday. – BERNAMA