SUHAKAM calls for robust law to protect Malaysian children

Source: NST Online

suhakamKUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has called for robust and specific national laws to protect children from all forms of sexual violence and abuse to be immediately put in place.

The rights body said they should include laws that would assist the police, prosecutors and enforcement agencies to pursue, disrupt and bring to justice those who attempted to sexually groom children online.

“Appropriate and necessary action at all levels must be immediately taken to criminalise and penalise effectively, in conformity with all relevant and applicable international instruments, all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children,” Suhakam said in a statement today. Read more

Teenager gets one-year jail sentence for insulting TMJ

Source: Malaysiakini

JUNE 07 — Teenager Muhammad Amirul Azwan Mohd Shakri has been sentenced to one year jail term after pleading guilty to 14 counts of making insulting comments against the Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

Amirul, 19, pleaded guilty to all the charges read against him in front of the Johor Baru Sessions Court judge Sabariah Atan, as reported by Sinar Harian today.

According to the charge sheet, the teenager from Tumpat, Kelantan was alleged to have made those insulting comments through Facebook under the pseudonym ‘Miyo Castello’ between March and April with the intention to offend Tunku Ismail.

He was charged under Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998, where upon conviction, one can be fined not more than RM50,000 or jailed not more than one year or both. Read more