The Welfare Department is willing to continue monitoring the emotion and psychology of the 4 children of the Malaysian couple detained by the Swedish authorities if there is a need for it.
Its director-general, Datuk Noraini Mohd Hashim, said the 4 would undergo 2 phases of monitoring — from February to June and from July to December.
“The department will continue monitoring them after that if they still need it. So far, their condition is good. However, they are saddened by the developments.
“We provide counselling services so that they can overcome their sadness over the issue.
“Friends and teachers in school are also helping them to overcome their sadness and to adapt themselves to the environment.”
Noraini said this after officiating a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Skills Training Programme between the Welfare Department and Giat Mara Sdn Bhd, here on Thursday.
She also told the media to reduce coverage on the children in order to help speed up their familiarisation process.
“I have personally met them and they have asked to be given space and privacy to adapt themselves. So, please do not publish their photographs any more.”
Noraini said reports on the 4 siblings — Aishah Azizul Raheem, 14, Ammar, 12, Adam, 11, and Arif, 7 — would be made to Wisma Putra every week.
Azizul Raheem Awalludin, a Tourism Malaysia official in Sweden, and his wife, Shalwati Nurshal, a teacher on unpaid leave, have been remanded since Dec 18 for allegedly abusing their children.
The MoU signed between the Welfare Department and Giat Mara was to raise the quality of training programmes at the department’s rehabilitation and protection centres.
This is to ensure all inmates are equipped with recognised skills certificates to get jobs more easily.