We failed to protect Rohingya children from becoming beggars, says Azalina
January 5, 2022 7:23 PM
Azalina Othman Said wants the Coordinating Council for the Protection of Children to step up and take charge of the issue.
PETALING JAYA: Rohingya children should not be blamed for becoming beggars as we failed to protect them, Pengerang MP Azalina Othman Said commented in a tweet today.
She was referring to a recent viral video that circulated on social media showing Rohingya children knocking aggressively on car doors to demand money.
The video incited xenophobic comments, with many netizens condemning the children’s aggressive behaviour and making disparaging remarks about their ethnicity.
Azalina, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, tweeted that the children should not be blamed when the country had failed to prevent them from being used as beggars.
“Rohingya children shouldn’t be blamed when they end up on the streets.
“We have failed to provide them with adequate protection when they become beggars at the bidding of adults!”
She also questioned the existence of the Coordinating Council for the Protection of Children, referring to Section 32 (children not to be used for begging and illegal activities) and Section 33 (leaving children without reasonable supervision) of the Child Act 2001.
According to the Act, the council is responsible for designing an efficient and effective management system throughout Malaysia, incorporating information channels for reporting cases of children in need of protection, among others.