4,471 children reported missing from 2017 to Sept 1 Ismail
0 month ago, 11-Oct-2021
Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said is pictured in Parliament on August 5, 2020. – Malay Mail photo
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 11): A total of 4,471 cases of missing children aged 18 and under were reported from 2017 to Sept 1 this year, said Deputy Home Minister I Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said.
“He said based on Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) statistics, of the total, 4,399 children had been found while 72 others are still missing.
As for the cases of missing persons aged 18 and above, he said a total of 6,074 cases were reported in the same period with 4,871found while 1,203 people were still missing.
Among the measures taken by the government to address this problem is to create a Missing Children Portal. The information is displayed on the portal https://knk2hilang.rmp.gov.my which can be accessed by the public.
This portal provides an opportunity for the community to work together to track down missing children more quickly and effectively by channeling the latest information via the Internet,” he said in a question and answer session atDewan Negara here today.
Ismail was responding to a question from Senator Datuk Koh Nai Kwong who had asked for statistics involvingmissing persons reportedin the last five years, and steps taken by the government to address theproblem.
Ismail said the police havealsocollaborated with 40 other agencies through theNUR Alert, which is an early warning system for missing child cases to assist law enforcement agenciesconduct investigations and lead to speedy arrests.
PDRM also collaborates with various parties in organising awareness programmes to prevent cases like thesefrom recurring. The Child Awareness Campaign (CAC) aims to provide awareness to the community that children are vulnerable and whyit is important to ensuretheir safety, he said.
Ismail said based on police investigations, some of the reasons for them going missing were that they hadfamily problems or received less family attention; seeking more freedom to be friends or lovers,depression; senility, mental issues orbeing involved in crime.
In addition, he said there were also those who went missing after family misunderstandings, debts and also due to physical or mental abuse. – Bernama