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Four-Year-Old Child Died Falling From Condominium In Setapak

Four-Year-Old Child Died Falling From Condominium In Setapak

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A four-year-old girl died after falling from the balcony of her residence on the 18th floor of a condominium at Jalan Danau Saujana 2, Setapak, here on Saturday.

Wangsa Maju District Police Chief Supt Ashari Abu Samah said police received a report on the incident in Block B, PV10 Condominium, at about 2 am.

Platinum Lake PV10 is a development located in Taman Danau Kota, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. (Source: Facebook)

Astro Awani quoted him as saying that the child was sleeping alone and her mother was not at home.

Other occupants of the residence slept in their respective rooms and did not know the child was left alone.

The victim’s body was taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for an autopsy.

Anyone with information related to the incident are asked to contact the Wangsa Maju District Police Headquarters at 03-92899222 or the nearest police station to assist in the investigation.

Ashari advised the public, especially parents, not to leave young children alone unattended, as the act could be considered negligence under the Child Act 2001.

Additional Safety Measures Needed

Meanwhile, the Alliance for Safe Community has said that additional safety measures at high-rise buildings are vital to prevent children from falling off apartments or condominiums.

Its chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, said that ensuring child safety should be prioritised given the increasing number of children falling off high-rise buildings.

In 2018, the Housing and Local Government Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin had said that her Ministry would look into implementing additional safety measures at high-rise buildings.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye urging the Housing and Local Government Ministry to revisit the issue.

According to her then, the Uniform Building By-Laws 1984 has set that balcony railings (of tall buildings) cannot be less than one metre high.

Zuraida said the Ministry will re-look the structure to see whether specifications in the law need to be changed.

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. (Credit: Malay Mail)

What is Child Act 2001 in Malaysia?

The Child Act 2001 (Act 611) is the country’s legislation for children’s protection, care, and rehabilitation. 

The idea is that children are best looked after by their family unless intervention is necessary for the child’s safety and wellbeing.

The Act incorporates the core principles of non-discrimination, best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the child’s views.

The Child Act 2001 defines a “child” as a person under eighteen years. 

Concerning criminal proceedings, Section 82 of the Penal Code [Act 374] stipulates the minimum age of criminal responsibility is ten years old.

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