Ministry open to discussion on chemical castration

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is open to a suggestion to consider following Indonesia’s footsteps in introducing chemical castration for paedophiles.

Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil) had made the suggestion to follow Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s move during the question-and-answer session yesterday.

Replying, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said: “I am confident that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman and the rest in the taskforce are having an in-depth discussion on the terms and guidelines that they are going to use to reach a consensus on how to deal with paedophiles. Read more

Youth parliament member moots chemical castration for pedophiles

Source: Asian Correspondent

A MEMBER of Malaysia’s Youth Parliament has called on the government to introduce chemical castration as the punishment for sexual offences, following the slew of sex abuse cases against children and a heightened awareness of pedophilia.

On Thursday, Mohd Firdaus Ahmad, from the northern state of Kedah, proposed the government take drastic measures to curb such crimes against children, national news agency Bernama reported.

He said prevention of sex crimes against children could be aided with severe punishment.

“In May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo was reported to have authorized chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders. Such punishment is also practiced in a number of countries like South Korea, Poland, Russia and some states in the United States,” he was quoted as saying.

Chemical castration involves the usage of drugs to reduce libido in men, stemming their sex drive and their ability to be sexually aroused. This form of punishment remains a widely debated topic in neighbouring Indonesia, as opponents have raised ethical and human rights concerns. Read more