Report: Thousands Of Disadvantaged Malaysian Children Suffering In Parks Without Pokémon Go
NATION: Today, alarming statistics released by the Malaysian Institute of Child Well-being, indicate up to 3 out of 10 Malaysian children were still playing in parks without access to hit smartphone game, Pokémon Go.
“The government is turning a blind eye to these marginalised kids,” said welfare activist Noh Fadzilah, “many of them through no fault of their own are climbing trees, feeding ducks and going down playground slides without access to the Pokéballs, Pokégyms and Pokéstops most Malaysians take for granted, “how are they meant to learn social skills if they can’t join team Mystic, Valor or Instinct?”
“I see these kids strolling in parks on sunny days without smartphones and it breaks my heart,” said child psychologist, Dr. Harvinder Gupta, “instead of wasting a good walk, they could be hatching some Pokémon eggs!”
The group have announced plans to approach the government for smartphone and Pokécoin funding, with the target by 2018 no Malaysian child will be living in not-augmented reality.