PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is saddened by cases of sexual assault against special children.
She said it was becoming a trend in the society with such cases reported almost daily.
“I feel really sad with the current trend, which is becoming crazy and widespread. Every day, we have this problem in the country. Why are these sexual predators acting like this... Is it a disease?
“Hence, we must take care of them (special children) at all times, their living environment. If we see something unusual and we see the children acting differently, we have to warn their caretakers or guardians,” she said at the ‘Love Special Children’ programme here today.
Present were Petaling Jaya Member of Parliament Maria Chin Abdullah, Selangor state executive council member Izham Hashim and Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Seri Setia by-election Halimey Abu Bakar.
She said it was the responsibility of the government to help those in need, such as the poor, special children, orphans and single mothers, and in doing so, it should be done accordingly and with the intention to educate.
Although it was not wrong to give money to help them, she said, there were better ways, like giving them something useful that could help change their life for the better. “Just like the proverb, give a person a fish and you feed the person a day but teach a person to fish, you feed the person for a lifetime.
“Therefore, the government will strive to restore the country’s economy, and at the same time, intensified efforts will be made to help the poor and the needy,” she said.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, also advised those with special children to register the children with the Social Welfare Department (JKM), after which they would be issued with a special card for people with disabilities (OKU).
By doing so, she said, it would facilitate the government in planning programmes for them.
She said the registration form could be downloaded from the JKM’s website and at any JKM offices.
“Holders of the OKU card will be entitled to various benefits, such as monthly allowance, discounted fares for public transport and 100 per cent exemption on excise duty for wheelchairs and other types of vehicles for persons with physical disabilities.
She said JKM also offered Community-based Rehabilitation Centres (PDK) to provide opportunities for the OKU to acquire skills.
“PDK also serves as a One-Stop Centre for the OKU,” she added.
At the event, Dr Wan Azizah feted a 10-year-old cerebral palsy patient, Nur Wadihan Wira Sudepja, made it to the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) as the first wheelchair-bound disabled to take part in the Kerian Incredible Duathlon 2018. – BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd