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The numerous deaths and abuse of children at care centres must be stopped.

According to the Social Welfare Department (JKM), 52% out of 3,238 childcare centres nationwide are unlicensed.

Five cases of children dying at care centres have been reported so far this year. Last year, it was reported that five children died in illegal childcare centres.

In July, the two-month-old grandson of former Bernama GM Datuk Seri Azman Ujang died after choking on milk at a childcare centre in Flora Damansara. 

In June, the six-month-old son of a Bernama journalist died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at a nursery in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi.

In March, three-month-old Tan Yan Xue died at an unregistered daycare centre in Setia Alam. Despite apparently suffering from breathing difficulties, the staff of the centre did not call for an ambulance or rush the baby to a hospital or clinic.

In January, two babies in an unregistered childcare centre in Kuala Lumpur died after allegedly choking or being poisoned on milk.

Another seven-month-old baby boy was admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit also in January apparently after falling at an unregistered daycare centre in Shah Alam.

In March, two female caretakers at an unregistered Johor childcare centre uploaded a Youtube video showing nine babies wrapped tightly in cloth, with one baby’s mouth taped up.

In 2009 and up to September 2010, 12 deaths at nurseries were reported.

Under the Childcare Centre Act 1984, those found guilty of not registering their childcare centre can be fined a maximum RM10,000, jailed two years or both, for the first offence – maximum RM20,000, five-year jail or both, for second offence.

 

Sources:

Stop daycare deaths - http://www.selangortimes.com/index.php?section=news&permalink=20120706103743-stop-daycare-deaths-

Baby chokes to death - http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/29/nation/11568289&sec=nation

No foul play in death of journalist's baby - http://www.nst.com.my/latest/no-foul-play-in-death-of-journalist-s-baby-1.94667#

Daycare or babysitter - http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/1/nation/11024256&sec=nation

Parents rap nursery employees - http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/27/nation/10994041&sec=nation

Childcare in crisis in Malaysia - http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/childcare-in-crisis-in-malaysia/503557

Unlicensed childcare centres in Malaysia - http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120204-325793.html

Parents demand answers - http://www.mmail.com.my/story/parents-demand-answers

Nursery, childcare centre sealed for 21 days - http://www.nst.com.my/latest/nursery-childcare-centre-sealed-for-21-days-1.37466

2,000 and more childcare centres not registered - http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/2-000-and-more-childcare-centres-not-registered-1.36837#

Two babies die after drinking milk - http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/two-babies-die-after-drinking-milk-1.34763

Childcare centre locked up following toddler's death - http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/06/14/childcare-centre-locked-up-following-toddler%E2%80%99s-death/

Abuse, deaths on the rise in daycare centres - http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20101018-242814.html

Two infants die after being bottle-fed by minders - http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20100925-239010.html

Baby dies at daycare centre - http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=%2F2010%2F9%2F21%2Fnation%2F7071441&sec=nation

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Kematian dan penderaan kanak-kanak yang banyak di taska mesti dihentikan.

Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) berkata bahawa 58% dari 3,475 taska tidak mempunyai lesen.

Lima kes kanak-kanak yang meninggal dunia di taska telah dilapor tahun ini. Pada tahun lalu, dilaporkan bahawa lima orang kanak-kanak meninggal dunia di taska yang tidak berlesen.

Dalam bulan Julai, cucu bekas pengurus besar Bernama Datuk Seri Azman Ujang yang berusia dua bulan meninggal dunia akibat tersedak susu ketika dalam jagaan taska di Flora Damansara.

Dalam bulan Jun, seorang anak wartawan Bernama yang berusia enam bulan meninggal dunia dari Sudden Infant Death Syndrome di sebuah taska di Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi.

Dalam bulan Mac, Tan Yan Xue yang berusia tiga bulan meninggal dunia di sebuah taska yang tidak berlesen di Setia Alam. Walaupun bayi tersebut dikatakan mengalami kesusahan bernafas, kakitangan di pusat tersebut tidak memanggil ambulans atau menghantar bayi tersebut ke hospital atau klinik dengan cepat.

Dalam bulan Januari, dua bayi di sebuah taska yang tidak berlesen di Kuala Lumpur meninggal dunia selepas dikatakan tersedak susu atau minum susu beracun.

Seorang bayi yang berusia tujuh bulan dihantar ke unit rawatan rapi di sebuah hospital pada bulan Januari selepas dikatakan jatuh di sebuah taska yang tidak berlesen di Shah Alam.

Pada bulan Mac, dua penjaga di sebuah taska yang tidak berlesen di Johor muat naik sebuah video di Youtube yang menunjukkan sembilan orang bayi yang diselimutkan dalam kain dengan ketat sekali. Mulut seorang bayi juga ditutup dengan pita.

 

Letter to
The Minister, Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development
the government of malaysia
Recognising that in most young families, both parents work;

Recognising that the law and employers only permit working mothers two months’ maternity leave;

Recognising that parents’ only option is to place their babies, from age 2 months in childcare facilities;

Recognising that approximately 90 per cent of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5 years, and that therefore, the quality of care a child receives during this time can have a lifelong effect;

Recognising the numerous deaths and abuse of children in unlicensed, unregistered care centres;

Recognising that the law (the Child Care Centre Act 1984) establishes minimal educational, health, quality and safety standards, and inspections to ensure that those minimal standards are being met.

We, the undersigned, call upon the Government to:

1. ensure that ALL childcare centres and facilities are approved and registered;

2. ensure that ALL unregistered childcare centres and facilities are given a moratorium of one year to become licensed. Those not registered after that period must be closed down immediately, failing which, the owners should be prosecuted;

3. ensure that ALL childcare providers in childcare centres and facilities undergo annual training to provide care for children so that children under their care are safe, healthy and learning;

4. ensure that ALL childcare providers in childcare centres and facilities have the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate the psychosocial development of children;

5. ensure that ALL childcare centres and facilities are inspected annually so as to safeguard the health, development and well-being of children.

Give ALL children in child care a chance for a safe, secure and healthy development.

Thank you.

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Menyedari bahawa dalam keluarga yang muda, kedua-dua ibu bapa bekerja;

Menyedari bahawa undang-undang dan majikan hanya membenarkan ibu-ibu yang bekerja cuti bersalin dua bulan;

Menyedari bahawa satu-satunya pilihan ibu bapa adalah dengan meletakkan bayi mereka, dari umur 2 bulan di pusat penjagaan kanak-kanak;

Menyedari bahawa kira-kira 90 peratus otak kanak-kanak berkembang sampai umur 5 tahun, dan oleh itu, kualiti penjagaan seorang anak yang diterima pada masa ini boleh mempunyai kesan sepanjang hayat;

Menyedari bahawa terlalu banyak kematian dan penderaan kanak-kanak di pusat-pusat jagaan yang tidak berdaftar dan tidak berlesen telah berlaku;

Menyedari bahawa undang-undang (Pusat Asuhan Kanak-Kanak 1984) menetapkan piawaian minima bagi pendidikan, kesihatan, kualiti dan keselamatan, dan pemeriksaan untuk memastikan bahawa piawaian minima telah dipenuhi.

Kami yang bertandatangan di bawah ini menyeru Kerajaan untuk:

1. memastikan bahawa SEMUA taska adalah diluluskan dan didaftarkan;

2. memastikan bahawa SEMUA taska yang tidak berdaftar diberi moratorium selama satu tahun untuk mendapatkan lesen. Taska yang tidak ada lesen selepas tempoh itu mesti ditutup; jikalau tidak, pemilik atau pengendali pusat tersebut mesti didakwa;

3. memastikan bahawa SEMUA pengasuh di taska mendapat latihan setiap tahun untuk memberikan penjagaan untuk kanak-kanak supaya kanak-kanak di bawah jagaan mereka selamat, sihat dan mendapat pendidikan;

4. memastikan bahawa SEMUA pengasuh di taska mempunyai kemahiran dan pengetahuan yang diperlukan untuk menggalakkan perkembangan psikososial kanak-kanak;

5. memastikan bahawa SEMUA taska diperiksa setiap tahun untuk menjaga kesihatan, perkembangan dan kesejahteraan kanak-kanak.

Berikan SEMUA kanak-kanak dalam penjagaan peluang untuk perkembangan yang selamat dan sihat.

Terima kasih.

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Sincerely (dengan ikhlas),