Law lecturer professor Noor Aziah Mohd Awal has been appointed as Suhakam (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) Commissioner for Children for the 2019-2022 term, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced today.
In a statement, the PMO said the appointment of Noor Aziah was made according to subsection 5(2) of the Suhakam Act 1999 (Act 597) and upon the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“The appointment is among the reforms undertaken by the government in protecting the rights of children. It took effect on April 27, 2019,” it said.
According to the PMO, Noor Aziah has over 23 years of experience in the field of human rights laws, especially relating to women and children.
The law lecturer from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia is also a member of the National Council for Children (2017-2019), which is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
She had served as Malaysia’s representative in Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (2016-2019), and chairman of Muslim Women Consultative Council 2013-2019.
On April 11, Wan Azizah announced in the Dewan Rakyat that the government had opted to appoint a children’s commissioner instead of establishing a children’s commission to resolve issues relating to the protection of children.