MALACCA, July 4 — The Malacca Welfare Services Department has lodged a police report against the Malaysian Welfare and Social Association (Perbak) over its allegation that male residents of a welfare home in the state have been subject to systematic sexual abuse.
Its assistant director (children division), Saidatol’ Aini Jafri said the department wanted the police to investigate a statement made by Perbak chairman Muhammad Khairul Hafiz to the media.
“As we had never received any report from our officers or inmates on the alleged sexual abuse at the welfare home, we leave it to the police to investigate the allegation,” she told reporters at the Ayer Keroh police station here today.
She said the department would extend its cooperation in the investigation and would not protect any officers if they were responsible for the abuse.
Perbak told a news conference yesterday that over 100 cases of sexual abuse or sodomy had occurred at the welfare home since 2004.
Muhammad Khairul claimed that the perpetrators were not only residents, but also the welfare home’s employees, including security guards and attendants. — Bernama