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Barriers to enrolment in National Schools for Non-citizen children of Malaysians

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

CSO Platform For Reform – Child Cluster

Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM)

2e Child

1. Amend provisions under the Education Act 1996 that limit public schools to citizens to allow
all children in Malaysia equal access to basic education regardless of citizenship status. This
is to include stateless children.
2. Remove the two year limit on filing documentation or citizenship with the National
Registration Department.
3. Extend services such as the Textbook Loan Scheme, Supplementary Food Programme and
health programmes to all students regardless of citizenship status.
4. Establish and uphold a standard operating procedure for student enrolment in every school
district across Malaysia.

Barriers to remain in the country for the divorced foreign parents to access visitation and
co-parenting of their children.

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

CSO Platform For Reform – Child Cluster

Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM)

2e Child

To minimize the psychological and emotional impact of the divorce on the children. The foreign
parent should be able to obtain a Residence Pass with the right to employment to enable financial
support, visitation and co-parenting of the Malaysian child.

Barriers to the acquisition of Malaysian citizenship

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

CSO Platform For Reform – Child Cluster

Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM)

2e Child

1. In the best interest of the child, the Government must uphold the rights of all Malaysian
citizens to confer their nationality onto their children regardless of gender, marital status,
the child’s place of birth, and adopted status. The rights to confer citizenship must respect
Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution which prohibits discrimination against citizens on the
basis of gender.
2. Withdraw reservations to Article 9(2) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women and Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Barriers to the acquisition of Malaysian citizenship

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

Bina Ramanand

Association of Family Support and Welfare Selangor and KL (Family Frontiers)

2e Child

Malaysian citizenship laws should be reviewed and reformed, in the best interest of the children, such that children of either parent (adopted and biological) Malaysian has access to automatic citizenship, particularly:

1. Amend Article 14(1)(b) of the F.C. and its related schedule to ensure overseas-born children to Malaysian mothers can secure automatic citizenship on an equal basis as children of Malaysian fathers.
2. Repeal Section 17 of Part III of the Second Schedule of the F.C. such that children born out of wedlock can obtain their Malaysian father’s citizenship on an automatic basis.
3. Amend Section 1 of the Second Schedule of the F.C. to ensure that adopted children can inherit citizenship from their adoptive Malaysian parent(s).

Immigration policies concerning Malaysian binational families should be reviewed and reformed, particularly:

1. Enable a non-citizen parent of a Malaysian child to obtain a Residence pass with the right to employment to enable financial support, visitation and co-parenting of the Malaysian child
2. Allow separated, divorced and widowed non-citizen spouses of Malaysians (upon provision of supporting documents) to reside and work permanently and independently of the Malaysian spouse, without bias on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, gender, number and custody over children, or income.

Reservations to Article 9(2) of the CEDAW and Article 7 of the CRC must be lifted.

Challenges Faced By Victims of Incest In Reporting the Perpetrator

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

CSO Platform For Reform – Child Cluster

Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM)

2e Child

1. In the best interest of the safety of our children, especially in an unprecedented times like
the pandemic, a concerted effort should be in place to prevent incest incidences. The
‘gatekeepers’ per say i.e. teachers, counselors, family members should be educated on
identifying warning signs.
2. Awareness on reporting mechanisms should also be taught to victims so that they will be
empowered to come forward to report these incidents. Besides that, PDRM should play an
instrumental role in combating this increasing crime and not disregard it as a familial issue.
Fundamentally, an act should be in place to tie all these variables to ensure ‘No Child is Left
Behind” when safety is concerned.

Ensuring Higher Degrees of Child Participation in All Spaces

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

CSO Platform For Reform – Child Cluster

Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM)

2e Child

1. Laws and policies made should primarily be in the best interest of children, and its
implementation should reflect active child participation.
2. Grassroot initiatives need to be taken in order to shift the collective mindset on child
inclusivity. KRTs and RAs can create spaces for child participation to educate, accompany and
empower children to participate at their immediate community level.
3. National policies, laws and decisions concerning children must include their opinions in its
decision-making process. Children must be seen as stakeholders and have their opinions
taken into account prior to any decisions pertaining to them.
4. The degree of child participation must ascend from non-participation towards adult-initiated
shared decisions with children and child-initiated and directed participation within the next
five years.
5. Schools need to allow for inclusive and holistic participation for children in the freedom of
choice of art/science stream, in sports and other extracurricular activities. Classroom
learning should also be revamped in such a way that teachers act as guides instead of
instructors, so as to ensure an interactive nurturing space for child participation and growth.

Mandate Teachers to Report Child Abuse in Schools

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

Fiqah Roslan

The Tiada.Guru Campaign

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We borrow directly from WAO. These reports should be shared to the Welfare Department.

Recommendation 1: Teachers and school administrators should be mandated to report DV (domestic violence) and all child abuse where the child’s welfare is deemed to be at risk. Teachers and school administrators should also receive training on how to identify DV / child abuse, so that they are ready to spring into action once a child victim / survivor crosses their path.

Recommendation 2: Teachers and school administrators should be mandated to report DV and child abuse where the child’s welfare is deemed to be at risk.

Proposal For Reforms For The Early Childhood Care And Education (ECCE)

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

Asha Singh/Lim

Education Cluster

2e Child

1. Formulate a National ECCE Policy and develop a Strategic National Plan for Delivering Quality ECCE to all children
2. Place Various Types of ECCE Institutions Under One Agency for Establishment, Regulating and Operations of Early Childhood Care and Education Institutions
3. The Ministry of Education and the Dept of Social Welfare ( KPWKM) should subsidise Taskas and Preschools to enable them to be accessible and affordable to marginalised families, through alternative models (playgroups, toy libraries, home-based childcare centres) to Childcare Centres
4. Widen and include the categories of these alternative models nd approaches to early childhood care, for licensing and regulation.
5. To build ECCE as a Profession: Establishing an ECCE Profession Act to lay out minimum qualification competencies to facilitate the establishment of ECCE Professional Regulatory Body.

6. Compulsory Child Protection Policy for all TASKAs to be implemented

7. Build partnerships with NGOs and the Corporate Sector to reach marginalized and remote communities to ensure that positive parenting skills education, child safety and delivery of quality ECCE to benefit families directly, with the support of the corporate sector
eg Innovative Financing & Tax benefits for TASKA Sector to reduce costs of early childhood care and education
8. Parents as Quality ECCE Advocates & Quality Checkers through development of a more structured and standardized approach to positive parenting skills education
9. Recognise that, despite the impact of Covid-19 pandemic, these crucial years of education foundation necessitate a carefully scaled re-opening of taskas and tadikas, with relevant SOPs in place. If this is not provided for, the taska and the tadika sectors of the economy will collapse.

10. If the pandemic continues , alternatives to Taskas and Tadikas would be to actively upgrade and improve neighbourhood childcare places, especially in the low-cost housing areas as well as to subsidise the cost of operating these care places.

Yearly reporting of Child Commissioner (SUHAKAM) in Malaysia to Parliamentary Elect Committee

Oleh:

Gabungan:

Kod Dasar:

Sallawahiu Mohd Salleh

GBM/IKRAM

2e Child

Yearly reporting of Child Commissioner (SUHAKAM) in Malaysia to Parliamentary Select Committee. Based on this annual report, appropriate actions should be taken to create a positive environment for children in the community which includes children’s safe space, safe school, and child-friendly urban development.