G70 raises concern over political funding

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: The G70 Coalition has commended some of the proposals outlined by the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing, but has identified three areas of concern.

Among the contentions of the coalition – led by G25, the group of influential Malays rich with experience in various fields – is the proposal to not have limits on donations to and expenditure by parties.

“While we acknowledge that individuals and companies have the right to support political parties, this right cannot be to the detriment of the fundamental principle of creating a level playing field during elections,” they said in a statement yesterday. Read more

New sexual crime Bill ready for Cabinet

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — The first draft of the Child Sexual Crime Bill is ready and expected to be presented to the Cabinet for policy drafting by next week.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, who chaired the task force for sexual crimes against children at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration yesterday, said the Bill would incorporate a change in the definition of sexual crime to include crimes committed online.

The Bill, if passed, would be an extension to the Child Act (Amendment) 2016 and the Penal Code.

“We want to bring it to Parliament this month but we need views and to carry out discussion with the committee and all ministries at the policy level,” she said.

Azalina said the Bill would see the change in definition of online and offline sexual crime.

“We will also see anti-grooming laws to prevent predators from using social media to lure young children,” she said. Read more