Source: The Malay Mail Online
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 5 — The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry welcomed the call to expedite the sex offenders registry in Malaysia to monitor the movement of sex offenders for safety reasons.
Referring to an online news portal freemalaysiatoday.com article “Why the Delay in Sex Offenders Registry”, the ministry said the functions of the Child Act Amendment 2016 (Act A1511) had been expanded to contain information on offenders for crimes including sexual offences, under any written laws where a child had been the victim.
However, the functions are different from the proposed sexual offenders registry under the Registration of Criminals and Undesirable Persons Act 1969 [Act 7], which is under the purview of the Home Ministry. Read more
Source: FMT News
Deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed says cooperation needed from interested groups to help update lists maintained by women, family and community development ministry.
PETALING JAYA: Nur Jazlan Mohamed says the public needs to refer to the police and the women, family and community development ministry on their respective sex offenders list, as a national registry on the same has been delayed, The Star reported today.
The deputy home minister attributed the delay in the setting up of a national sex offenders registry to the concerns raised by the Attorney-General’s Chambers over the infringement of rights of those on the list.
“There is an unofficial sex offenders list kept by the police but not made public.
“What I am saying is, if the list is under the police, then any information of the whereabouts of any offender can be obtained at the local police station for the community to check,” Nur Jazlan was quoted as saying by the daily. Read more
Source: The Malay Mail Online
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
Source: FMT News
Association of Women Lawyers says knee-jerk reactions not enough, as two cases in past 7 months highlight urgent need to monitor movement of such criminals.
The Association of Women Lawyers’ (AWL) President Goh Siu Lin. Pic taken from FMT News.
PETALING JAYA: The Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) wants more consistency in the government’s commitment towards the establishment of a sex offender registry.
Calling any efforts or statements out of Putrajaya currently as mere knee-jerk reactions to issues in the media, AWL said two cases in the past seven months highlight the more urgent attention that is required on the matter.
“So far, the government’s responses appear to be knee jerk reactions to issues in the media with an ‘international’ flavour to it.
“First, it was Richard Huckle whose conviction last June in the UK sparked off the sexual grooming laws and now, Malaysian Selva Kumar Subbiah’s imminent deportation from Canada has revived discussions on the need for a sexual offender registry,” AWL president Goh Siu Lin said in a statement. Read more
Source: The Sundaily
PETALING JAYA: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) want the authorities to put in place a monitoring system for convicted serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah who will be returning to Malaysia soon.
Selva Kumar, 56, whose 24-year prison term ends on Jan 29, will likely be deported home, raising concerns among NGOs if the serial sexual offender will pose a threat to the community.
GPS tagging devices are already being used in the North America and Scandinavia — Pic from AFP.
Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) communications officer Tan Heang-Lee told theSun that he must be evaluated by professionals to determine to what extent he has been rehabilitated.
“If he has yet to be rehabilitated, the Canadian and Malaysian authorities must work closely, ensuring that there is a follow-up plan for his rehabilitation,” she told theSun today.
She said Malaysian authorities must establish a tracking mechanism to monitor his movements.
“As this is a public interest issue, the Canadian and Malaysian authorities must be transparent with the Malaysian public about the reintegration plan – and the safeguards put in place.
“The Malaysian authorities must assure us that the safety of our community will not be compromised,” Tan said.
She said there is an urgent need for a sex offender’s registry and tracking mechanism to ensure sexual offenders do not reoffend once they reintegrate into the community. Read more