MELAKA: The Melaka Social Welfare Department (JKM) will apply for temporary custody of two siblings of the seven-year-old boy who died last Friday in Taman Krubong Jaya on suspicion of abuse by his mother and stepfather.
The chairman of the State Committee on Women’s Affairs, Family Development and Welfare, Datuk Latipah Omar (pix), said the motion would be submitted tomorrow to ensure the well-being of the two siblings is taken care of.
In the 4 p.m. incident, the child is believed to have drowned in a tub of water in his home.
Preliminary examinations revealed physical injuries to the victim’s body and both parents, aged 32 and 38, were arrested.
Latipah said the woman has three other children in addition to the victim, one of whom is cared for by her grandmother.
“The Melaka JKM will apply for these two siblings to be temporarily detained pending the resolution of the case,” she said.
She said this when she was met by reporters after accompanying Minister for Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun, who the boy’s adoptive mother, Norlida Abu Hassan, 50, is with a homestay in Jalan Sungai today Putat visited here.
In the meantime, the victim’s adoptive family hoped that the boy’s biological family, particularly his mother, would give them permission to arrange the deceased’s funeral.
His adoptive father Md Tarmidi Yaacob, 52, said his family met the boy’s birth mother at the Melaka Hospital morgue during the victim’s identification process today and obtained her permission, but the woman just shook her head.
“We pray that Allah will open the hearts of Adik’s biological family.
“Several parties, including the state government, the police and non-governmental organizations, are helping us convince the family, especially Adik’s birth mother,” he said when he was met by reporters here in front of Melaka Hospital today.
Md Tarmidi said the funeral arrangement was the only thing his family could do for the boy who was considered the youngest child in his family.
Meanwhile, Wanita UMNO urged authorities to take immediate action against those responsible for the boy’s death in order to teach others a lesson.
His boss Datuk Seri Dr. At the same time, Noraini Ahmad said in her statement that Wanita UMNO hoped the government and related parties would monitor the effects of Covid-19 on people’s mental health. – Bernama