Dewan Rakyat approves Legal Aid Bill amendment to provide for child sex abuse victims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — The Legal Aid (Amendment) Bill 2017 which introduced a provision that children of sexual crimes be given a legal companion service was approved in Dewan Rakyat today.

It was passed before Dewan Rakyat deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said after it was debated by 10 Members of Parliament.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said, when enforced, the bill would ensure only Malaysians could receive legal aid service from the Legal Aid Department.

“Its rational is to ensure public fund from tax payers and the facilities provided by the government prioritised the people,” she said when winding up the debate on the bill

However, she explained that the amendment would not deny access to justice to any quarters including foreign nationals. Read more

Minister: Legal aid bureau laden with divorce cases

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Azalina Othman Said today revealed that a majority of the cases handled by the legal aid bureau are divorce cases, despite it offering public services to resolve other legal issues.

“And this has given the public the impression that the bureau is a ‘department for divorce’.

“This is not right,” the de facto law minister said when winding up a debate on the Legal Aid (amendment) bill 2017 at the Dewan Rakyat today.

The bill was passed today and will be further debated at the Dewan Negara.

Azalina said the bureau also helped those entangled in other civil matters and criminal proceedings. Read more