State govt to study proposal to impose curfew on those aged below 18

Fatimah (centre) is seen together with Rosey (on Fatimah's left) presenting monetary aid to a recipient during the ‘Sejambak Kasih’ programme in Miri.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Jan 23: The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women and Family Childhood Development will study Putrajaya’s proposal to impose a curfew policy on those aged under 18 to prevent them from getting involved in negative activities.

Its minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the state needs to review the proposal comprehensively especially the mechanisms involved.

“We need to look at the whole component holistically,” she opined.

Fatimah was responding to a question about a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail recently, that Putrajaya was interested in emulating Iceland’s policy on the matter (curfew).

Fatimah said this when met at the ‘Sejambak Kasih’ programme held at Dynasty hotel on Wednesday morning (Jan 23).

The programme was held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration in collaboration with Dynasty Hotel Miri and the Miri Welfare Department.

A total of 100 recipients here received monetary assistance during the programme.

“We have not heard of any details on the matter yet from Putrajaya…but the implementation must be made comprehensively with the right methods to ensure the success (of the policy) because it does not involve only one agency,” she said.

For example, for problems related to drugs activities, they needed to go to the grassroots to find solutions, she added.

On the ‘Sejambak Kasih’ programme, this year, a total of 7,738 recipients state-wide received monetary assistance, whereby 670 were from Miri.

Last year, state-wide, a total of 58,038 recipients received welfare assistance involving an allocation totalling RM209,590,550.

“Out of this figure, 4,378 recipients were from Miri division which involved allocations amounting to RM16,364,100,” she said.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister for Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus and Dynasty Hotel managing director Tony Pui. — DayakDaily