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Child related policy and legislative reforms in Malaysia

Kahar, Rojanah and Mohd Zin, Najibah (2011) Child related policy and legislative reforms in Malaysia. International Journal of Social Policy and Society, 8. pp. 6-36. ISSN 1823-0865

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Abstract

This paper examines the existed child related policies and child welfare laws in Malaysia with regards to children's rights with special concern to the implementation of diverse child related policies which affect child best interest in the Malaysian context after the ratification of United Nation Convention on Rights of a Child (UNCRC) in 1995. Content analysis of secondary data has been utilized in order to understand the implementation of diverse policies and laws within the purview of family law development and other related areas that affect child best interests. This study established that diverse social policies and numerous child related legislations addresses and accommodated the best interest for children both for Muslim and non Muslim since both groups had different laws. Nonetheless, the absence of child-focused policy in Malaysia affects the smooth implementation of policies and laws which relates to the best interest of children. Thus, child-focused policy is important to protect children's best interest in all areas including family law. Therefore it is anticipated that the introduction of National Child Policy and National Child Protection Policy in 2009 would bring positive changes to the Malaysian children.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 665/9837
Uncontrolled Keywords: social policy, child related law, family law, child best interest, Malaysia
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Legal Practice
Depositing User: Prof. Dr Najibah Mohd Zin
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 20:37
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 08:13
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/9837

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