IJSSH 2016 Vol.6(7): 525-530 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2016.V6.704

A Study on Child Labour as a Form of Child Abuse in Malaysia

Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod, Marhanum Che Mohd Salleh, Ashgar Ali Muhammad, and Azizah Mohd
Abstract—International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are about 250 million economically active children worldwide. In Malaysia, although the Children and Young Persons Act (Employment) 1966 prohibits the children to be employed, previous studies proved that there are high rate of working children in certain states in Malaysia. It is believed that thousands of working children in Malaysia to be in an environment which is potentially harmful to their physical, mental, emotional, and social development. To identify the types and instances of child abuse for the working children, a study has been conducted to 454 working children in four states in Malaysia. Based on data analysis, it is found that more than half (63%) of the working children have been emotionally abuse, 27% physically abused and at least 10% have been sexually abused. Majority of them are not happy with their current job and are regretful for not attending school. This represents their basic necessities to have proper education and they should not expose to work at this early age. This research contributes to increase the awareness of public and government to take care of the need of children basically on the issue of child abuse for working children.

Index Terms—Child labour, child abuse, working children, Malaysia.

Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod, Ashgar Ali Ali Muhammad, and Azizah Mohd are with the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (e-mail: nahmad@ iium.edu.my, ashgar@ iium.edu.my, azizahmohd@iium.edu.my).
Marhanum Che Mohd Salleh is with the Kulliyyah of Economics & Management Sciences, International Islamic University, Malaysia (e-mail: marhanum@iium.edu.my).

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Cite: Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod, Marhanum Che Mohd Salleh, Ashgar Ali Muhammad, and Azizah Mohd, " A Study on Child Labour as a Form of Child Abuse in Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 525-530, 2016.

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