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A PROTECTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN

The Federal Constitution sets out the basic human rights standards, which also extend to children. These include liberty of the person (Article 5); prohibition of slavery and forced labour (Article 6); and rights in respect of education (Article 12).

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Other child-related legislation in Malaysia are:

§ Adoption Act 1952 [Act 257]
Adoption Ordinance Sabah 1960
Adoption Ordinance Sarawak 1958

§ Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007 (Act 670)

§ Births and Deaths Registration Act 1957 [Act 299]
Registration of Birth and Death Ordinance of Sabah (Chapter 123)
Registration of Birth and Death Ordinance of Sarawak (Chapter 10)

§ Care Centres Act 1993 [Act 506]

§ Childcare Centres Act 1984 [Act 308]

§ Children and Young Persons (Employment) Act 1966 (Revised 1988) [Act 350]

§ Domestic Violence Act 1994 [Act 521]

§ Education Act 1996 [Act 550]

§ Guardianship of Infants Act 1961 [Act 351]

§ Islamic Family Law (Federal Territory) Act 1984 (“IFLA”) [Act 303]

§ Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 [Act 164]

§ Married Women and Children (Maintenance) Act 1950 [Act 263]

§ Penal Code [Act 574]

§ Registration of Adoption Act 1952 [Act 253]

§ Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 [Act 446]

 

 

 

 

 

Child Act 2001


Publication: CRC


UNICEF Malaysia: Promoting child rights through the law in Malaysia, 2008.
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