Selangor assembly approves child action plan

Selangor Speaker Ng Suee Lim says the no other state government has tabled such a detailed policy on children in at least five years. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 17, 2023.

THE Selangor assembly approved the Selangor Child Development Policy and Action Plan 2022-2025, today.

Selangor Speaker Ng Suee Lim announced the passing of the motion after the assembly passed it unanimously, following a debate by seven assemblymen today.

He said the motion presented by Public Health, Unity and Women and Family Development Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud focused on 10 main domains: including parental and pre-natal preparation, social development, communication, early education and childcare, family prosperity, education (primary and secondary) the role of technology in child development, infrastructure and safety, socio economy and stakeholder involvement.

“In Selangor, we study from every aspect, including social and culture, including elderly, and children. No other state has tabled a policy like this in five years,” he said after the sitting today.

Ng said the motion will be studied by the state government in the upcoming term or at the federal level, as a suggestion to the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in drafting similar policies.

Siti Mariah said that the policy would be accompanied by a strategic action plan, which was still in the draft stage.

She said programme development and initiatives could be implemented strategically and in line with the demography and psychography of children in Selangor.

If all the challenges could be successfully solved, she said, Selangor would see a positive result from the policy within five to 10 years.

“It is hoped that the policy will provide a clear and systematic guideline to the development of happy children in Selangor,” she added. – Bernama, March 17, 2023.

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