Schools must keep children safe from sex predators

Datuk Seri Victor Hii Lu Thian

By Nazrinzulaiqa Hasbi

KUCHING: Schools play an important role in protecting children from sexual predators, said Sarawak Community Policing Association (SCPA) chairman Datuk Seri Victor Hii Lu Thian.

He recommended that schools include studies on sexuality abuse, including paedophilia, in their syllabus to create awareness among the young.

Hii reckoned that continuous education would help reduce such crime.

“Children need to be taught not to entertain anyone who contacted them via social media tools and not to believe anyone who shows them harmful photos or movies.

“Paedophilia is a serious crime because the abuser interferes with the future of the abused children,” he said when commenting on the recent arrest of Alladin Lanim, regarded as a notorious paedophile who operated from his base in Lundu.

On Alladin’s arrest, he said SCPA was shocked to learn that there a paedophile operated from Lundu for a decade, adding the association was curious how he had gone unnoticed by the local police while the Australian police were monitoring his activities for quite a while. 

“Members of SCPA felt bad and ashamed that such crime took place in Sarawak and it needed a foreign press to highlight this news.

“We need an explanation from the authorities how such a serious crime went unnoticed, not one year but for so many years. Let this be a lesson,” he said.

On the same note, he reminded members of the public to report to the nearest police station on any child abuser in their neighbourhood.

Hii believed Alladin had a psychological disorder characterised by recurrent, intense arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviours involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child and needed to undergo medical coaching and mentoring so that he could return to his normal life.