Megawati praises Malaysia's initiative in hosting Child Sexual Crimes seminar

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR

PUTRAJAYA: The prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor hosted a welcome dinner for former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri at Seri Perdana today.

Megawati, who is Indonesia’s fifth president, is in Malaysia to attend the Child Sexual Crimes National Seminar at the Putra World Trade Centre, which begins tomorrow.

Megawati arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s Bunga Raya Complex around 6pm today. She was welcomed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Megawati commended Malaysia for its initiative in hosting the seminar.

“The idea, inspired by Datin Rosmah, to have such a seminar, is crucial and women worldwide should work together (in addressing the problem).

“There are many laws and regulations enacted by the United Nations to prevent sexual crime against children, but the most important thing is implementation," she told a press conference today.

Meanwhile, Rosmah, who is the seminar's patron, said the government welcomed Megawati’s attendance at the seminar and hoped that the bond between both nations will be further strengthened.

Accompanying Megawati were Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani and Indonesian Health Minister Nila Djuwita Anfasa Moeloek.

Also present at the event were Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mary Yap and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.