Currently she is Malaysia’s Representative (for Children) to the newly established ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the Champion for the EPP1 Ramping Up Early Child Care and Education, an initiative under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), and the founding President of the Early Child Care and Education Council.
She was a one of the three longest serving Human Rights Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), beginning from the inception of SUHAKAM in April 2000 and ending her 5th term in to April 2010. Formerly, she was the Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Malaya, specializing in the psychology of children and adolescents. She is recognized as the foremost authority in early childhood education in Malaysia.
She sits on a number of Advisory Councils and on numerous committees as Chairperson, Consultant/ Advisor or Committee Member. Among them are the National Advisory and Consultant Council for Children and the National Council for Coordination the Protection of Children.
She has authored books, chapters in books and academic journals and was a columnist for more than 10 years in one of the leading newspaper in Malaysia. Her research spans over a wide range: child development, adolescent development, alienation, juvenile delinquency and justice, gifted education, early childhood education and human rights.