Johor Childcare Centre Involved In Abuse Claims Ordered To Close
The childcare centre has been operating without a valid licence.
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A childcare centre in Taman Mutiara Rini, Skudai which was linked to the viral case of a babysitter allegedly abusing two infants has been ordered to close immediately by the Johor Social Welfare Department (JKM).
The closure order was issued after it was found that the daycare centre was operating without a valid licence.
As reported by the New Straits Times, two more of the childcare centres outlets in Jalan Abd Samad and Gelang Patah were also told to close, according to Khairin-Nisa Ismail @ Md On, the chairman of the State Women, Family, and Community Development Committee.
“The childcare centre in question has not obtained a licence from JKM yet due to their failure to secure approvals from the local councils, the State Health Department as well as the Fire and Rescue Department,” stated Khairin-Nisa as reported by the Malay Mail.
She also added that to obtain the licence form JKM, childcare centres need to get approval from the authorities mentioned above.
Khairin-Nisa visited the daycare centre and met with the manager to discuss the matter.
The closure order was issued under Section 20a of the Child Care Centre Act 1984.
According to the Act, offenders are subject to a RM10,000 fine, a maximum two-year jail sentence, or both.
Khairin-Nisa said that although the proprietor of the childcare facility had applied for a licence earlier this year, it had been operating unlawfully for the previous three to four months.
She recommended that parents of infants and small children refer any childcare centres or child nurseries with JKM so that their legitimacy may be verified.
Yesterday, the Johor Police had already sought a four-day remand for the suspect who was arrested in order to expedite their investigations into the alleged mistreatment of two infants under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act of 2001.
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