Budget constraints, poor training hampering efforts to tackle child sex crimes
KUALA LUMPUR: Budget constraints and insufficient training for staff handling victims of child sex crimes are hampering the governmentâs efforts to ensure justice is done in these cases. This is in relation to the police force's Child Interview Centres (CIC) and court facilities for underage victims. The CIC was established in all states following the formulation of the Evidence of Child Witness Act in 2007. Liew was responding to a question by Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang), who asked on the challenges faced by prosecutors and judges in handling cases involving child sexual victims. A total of 3,738 new cases of child sexual offences have been recorded since 2017, and 978 cases in 2019.