DPM seeks tighter child abuse laws

Source: Malay Mail

Dr Wan Azizah said her ministry is looking at bolstering regulations against domestic violence and sexual harassment. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, June  12 — Malaysia plans to tighten existing laws protecting children against sexual violence and hold guardians and teachers accountable for ignoring telltale signs of abuse, the nation’s first female Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said.

An act on sexual offences against children was passed last year under the former government of ex-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. It aims to protect minors below 18 years old and makes child pornography and sexually communicating with a child an offense. Dr Wan Azizah, who holds a second portfolio as the minister of women, family and community development, said there’s room to strengthen the law to make it more effective.

“Ultimately there have to be laws to hold primary caregivers ignoring child abuse incidences accountable,” Dr Wan Azizah, who has nine grandchildren, said in an interview at her office in Putrajaya. Read more

Azalina calls on all MPs to support Child Sexual Offences Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — All Members of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to give their full support to ensure that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 will be tabled and passed during the current meeting of Dewan Rakyat.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Bill was vital as emphasised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes here, earlier today.

“As emphasised by the prime minister, we definitely cannot compromise in the issue of child sexual crimes,” she said in a statement here.

Najib, in his speech at the event, announced that a new bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner would be tabled in the current session of Parliament. Read more