Set up monitoring team to track sex offenders, police told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Child rights advocate James Nayagam — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Child rights advocate James Nayagam — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Authorities must set up a team to monitor sex offenders, an activist has said amid news that convicted serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah is set to return to Malaysia tomorrow from Canada.

Child rights advocate James Nayagam said that police have their own registry, in the form of records, but the issue raised by many Malaysians at the moment is whether Malaysia has an efficient mechanism to monitor and track such individuals.

“When they actually came up with the registry (record), they also had in mind the resources needed. So it’s time for them to buck up and have a team available rather than just hoping one day it will start.

“Because even if we are going to have a registry, they also need to have a mechanism to cope, then you can find the harmony between the registry and practice. It’s [a] good time for the police to implement the monitoring system in the process of waiting for the registry,” the Suriana Welfare Society for Children chairman said. Read more

James Nayagam slams lack of progress on human trafficking

Source: The Star Online

Filepic of illegal Bangladesh and Myanmar Rohingya refugees in a Royal Malaysian Navy ( RMN ) marine police boat at the jetty Langkawi. – Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has not done enough to combat human trafficking in the country, says human rights activist James Nayagam.

Speaking on the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report of the United States, Nayagam said that Malaysia does not deserve its recent Tier 2 Watch List ranking.

“To be honest, I think Malaysia deserves a Tier 3 ranking (the lowest rank) because we are not moving forward fast enough,” he said, adding that human trafficking is still a big problem in the country.

However, Nayagam said that the reason why Malaysia cannot be in the Tier 3 watchlist is because they are a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

In June last year, the American congress passed a bill that barred them from entering into trade agreements with nations on tier-three of the list.

“This proves that the report has lost its taste, there’s no bite,” said Nayagam.

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