Cops: Facebook Malaysia to send alerts on missing kids
KUALA LUMPUR: Police will be partnering with Facebook to include alerts of missing children in the newsfeed of Malaysian users.
Bukit Aman Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11) assistant principal director Asst Comm Ong Chin Lan said the alerts would appear in the second slot of the newsfeed, notifying Facebook users when a child goes missing.
ACP Ong said a representative from Facebook Malaysia had approached the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) earlier this year to discuss the initiative.
It has been approved by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and will be launched in September, making Facebook a partner in PDRM’s efforts to gather information and locate missing children.
In 2011, PDRM took over the management of a child kidnapping and missing alert system called the National Urgent Response Alert (NUR Alert) which was launched in 2007 following the abduction of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin and was run by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
NUR Alert acts as an information gathering and dissemination centre for information on children below 12 years old who are missing.
ACP Ong said the NUR Alert had been activated 21 times since its inception.
“During that time we recovered 16 children, while another five are still missing.
“We won’t close a case until the child has been found,” ACP Ong told reporters at Bukit Aman yesterday.
She said Facebook would become PDRM’s 36th team member for the NUR Alert system, adding that Facebook had a wider reach because many people were registered on the social media website.
Among the missing children highlighted on the main portal (http://knk2hilang.rmp.gov.my/) are Jenifer Anthonysamy, 11, Low Min You, three, Sathiskumar Tamil Vanan, five, Sakil Bul Bul Mia, four, and Nisha Chandramohan, two.
The original article was taken from The Star, here.