There’s a reason for the law on statutory rape — Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star

The goal is to protect girls who are not mature enough to make complicated decisions with far-reaching consequences.

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

DATUK Shabudin Yahaya has really caused a furore with his statements in Parliament about statutory rape.

Having read transcripts of his speech in Parliament, I came to see that some of the comments made about him are unfair. He does not condone rape, for example. But be that as it may, I have some issues about what was said.

Firstly, there seems to be confusion about the meaning of statutory rape. Statutory rape means that any sex with a girl under the age of 16 is rape.

Her consent is beside the point. I found it disturbing that in his speech there appeared to be a distinction made between rape (rogol) and consensual, albeit illicit, sex (zina).

This is missing the point totally about the law regarding statutory rape, because the whole concept of the law is that children do not have the ability to give their consent, by virtue of the fact that they are too young.

So, sex with an underage girl is rape; no matter what the circumstances. Read more

Parliament under threat from a skirt — Women’s Aid Organisation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

download (1)APRIL 11 — Our right to enter Parliament is in danger. But it’s not from security threats or drastic policy changes — it’s from arbitrary bureaucratic rules.

Seemingly minor rules make it harder for Malaysians, especially women, to enter Parliament. This may not seem dramatic, but these rules create bigger obstacles for us to engage with our MPs.

Many of these rules fall under the guise of “security”, such as a rule requiring guests to register five days in advance of their visit. Yet, such rules hinder us from contacting our MPs at the last minute, or engaging with our MPs in other ways.

Even more concerning are the added barriers women face compared to men. Just a few days ago, Parliament security personnel stopped two representatives from Women’s Aid Organisation when they tried to enter Parliament for a press conference. The security personnel deemed their knee-length skirts as too short. Read more

Was Chong alone at border, PKR’s Sivarasa asks police

Source: FMT News

Subang MP says police should clarify comment from IGP Khalid Abu Bakar that Peter Chong was not abducted and seen crossing border into Thailand. Pic from FMT News.

Subang MP says police should clarify comment from IGP Khalid Abu Bakar that Peter Chong was not abducted and seen crossing border into Thailand. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Subang MP R Sivarasa wants the police to give more details on activist Peter Chong, who was reportedly seen boarding a bus crossing the Malaysian border to Thailand.

Sivarasa said the police should reveal whether Chong was alone or if he was seen with others on the bus.

“They should also track his whereabouts and where he bought the bus tickets from. If he was carrying a bag or a luggage bag, and if he was alone or with someone else.

“It will help us understand what is happening,” he told FMT when asked to comment on Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement this morning that Chong was in Thailand.

Yesterday, Sivarasa said he and other MPs had been informed that Chong’s Facebook Messenger was active over the weekend up to the morning of April 11. Read more

IGP: Only Pastor Koh abducted, the rest just missing

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — Bukit Aman has warned several parties including the Bar Council from allegedly confusing the public over a recent spate of missing activist, especially over social media.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said from the five cases claimed to be abductions, only Pastor Raymond Koh’s case is confirmed as one, while three other cases are classified as missing people, and Peter Chong had in fact fled the country.

“I see that it has been made viral, all these people have been kidnapped. I want to warn those who want to confuse, this is not true.

“These five people have not been kidnapped. We have proof only one person has been abducted, that is Pastor Koh,” he told reporters during a press conference at Bukit Aman today. Read more

Cops say probe on 1MDB done, over to AGC

Source: The Malay Mail Online

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the investigations on 1MDB have been concluded for ‘some time’. — Reuters pic.

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the investigations on 1MDB have been concluded for ‘some time’. — Reuters pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 ― The police said today its investigation on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been completed, and the relevant documents on the case have been handed over the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the investigations have been concluded for “some time”.

“Police is investigating 1MDB as a whole. We have completed the investigation and we have handed over the investigation papers to the AGC,” he told reporters during a press conference at Bukit Aman today.

The police chief however clarified that his force is not involved in the probe on former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International. Read more

Cops nab woman who made offensive statement against Johor Sultan

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Police detained a woman last night after she made an offensive statement on Facebook against the Sultan of Johor -File pic.

Police detained a woman last night after she made an offensive statement on Facebook against the Sultan of Johor -File pic.

JOHOR BARU, April 12 ― A woman was detained last night after uploading an offensive statement against the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and the Johor royal institution via the Facebook application.

Johor Police Chief, Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said Johor police had received a report on the incident at about 12.30 pm on April 9.

“Acting on the report, an investigation paper was opened to carry out further investigation and trace the individual believed to have uploaded the offensive statement.

“As a result, at 11.30pm last night, police detained a 48-year-old woman in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur who is believed to be the individual responsible for uploading the offensive statement,” he said in a statement, here today.

He said the businesswoman was now being remanded until April 14 to assist investigation under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. Read more

IGP: ‘Missing’ activist Peter Chong in Thailand, not abducted

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 ― Former Petaling Jaya city councillor Peter Chong, the most recent activist reported missing, left for Thailand and was not abducted, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police said authorities have evidence of Chong passing through the immigration checkpoint in Kedah last Friday.

“I want to confirm that Peter Chong has crossed to Thailand at 6.30am on 7th of April by bus.

“He is in Thailand. We have a photograph of him crossing the border in Kayu Hitam,” he told reporters during a press conference at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters today. Read more