Out of the total number of children aged below 18 years reported missing between 2011 and May 2015, 8,441 were eventually found but 338 are still missing.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the number of children still missing was rather high and worrying.

He had earlier launched the 'Portal Kanak-Kanak Hilang' (Missing Children Portal), here, which could be accessed from Wednesday.

It is the result of collaboration between the federal police Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11) in Bukit Aman and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

Noor Rashid said compared to the NUR Alert system established in 2011 for fast relay of information on missing children aged 12 years and below, the "Portal Kanak-kanak Hilang" enabled the public to check and channel data on missing children on real-time basis.

He was confident that the portal could increase the chances of finding back missing children and awareness of parents' responsibilities towards their children.

Earlier, Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh, in his speech said most reported cases of missing children involved those aged 13 to 15 years, still immature and easily manipulated.

"The recorded highest number of rape victims comes from this age group," he added.