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11 CASES OF SEXUAL GROOMING AGAINST CHILDREN RECORDED FROM 2018- JUNE 2021
KUALA LUMPUR -- Eleven cases of sexual grooming against children were recorded by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) from 2018 to June 2021, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.
Therefore, she said the ministry has carried out various initiatives to curb such crime, including working with the relevant authorities, the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
“We have also suggested the need for a heavier punishment, especially against (offenders of) child exploitation cases. We plan to implement the preventive measures immediately to curb any online applications or websites which have elements of exploitation and crime against children,” she said during a question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat today.
Siti Zailah was responding to a question from Maria Chin Abdullah (PH-Petaling Jaya) who wanted to know the ministry’s preparedness to amend the existing law by making sexual grooming one of the crimes in the country to prevent children and underage teenagers from becoming victims
RM57 MLN ALLOCATED TO RESTORE, CONSERVE TOURISM SPOTS IN MALAYSIA
KUALA LUMPUR -- The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) has allocated RM57.39 million to restore and conserve 50 tourism projects in both rural and urban areas in the country.
Its deputy minister, Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar, said it was among the allocations received under the development budget of RM153.8 million for this year.
“MOTAC has also allocated RM20 million to empower the tourism, culture and heritage sectors. This includes the RM10.23 million allocation for the maintenance of tourism facilities as well as preservation of heritage buildings or sites,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat.
He was responding to a question from Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (PH-Ledang) on the ministry’s plans to improve infrastructure at tourism spots and allocations used to restore and conserve tourism areas in rural areas.
In addition, Santhara said through Budget 2021, the government has allocated a total of RM20 million to improve infrastructure and intensify promotions of cultural villages in Terengganu, Melaka, Sarawak and Negri Sembilan.
INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS TO MALAYSIA DROP 83.4 PCT LAST YEAR
KUALA LUMPUR -- International tourist arrivals to Malaysia dropped by 83.4 per cent to 4.3 million last year from 26.1 million in 2019 due to the closure of the country’s borders following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) said the Tourism Malaysia data found tourist receipts last year also plunged by 85.3 per cent from RM86.14 billion in 2019 to RM12.69 billion in 2020.
"The highest component of tourist spending in 2020 was from shopping activities at RM4.48 billion, followed by accommodation (RM2.96 billion) and food and beverages (RM1.85 billion)," the ministry said in a reply posted on the Parliament website today.
MOTAC was replying to a question by Noor Amin Ahmad (PH-Kangar) who wanted to know the number of tourists according to the type of tourism and their estimated expenditure for each type of tourism product.
42.29 PCT OF ORANG ASLI STUDENTS DROP OUT OF SCHOOL THIS YEAR
KUALA LUMPUR -- A total of 42.29 per cent of Orang Asli students did not complete their school until Form 5 for this year, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).
The ministry also informed that a total of 58.62 per cent of Orang Asli students dropped out of school last year.
"MOE remains committed to addressing the issue to ensure the Orang Asli students continue to get access to education,” the ministry said in a reply posted on the Parliament website today.
MOE was replying to Chah Lih Kang (PH-Tanjung Malim) on the number of Orang Asli children who did not complete their schooling sessions until Form 5.
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