Suhakam raises concerns over Tanah Merah immigration depot

Source: The Star Online

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail –File pic

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has highlighted “unsanitary” and “poor” conditions at the Tanah Merah immigration depot in Kelantan.

Suhakam’s chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said that the commission had made a site visit to the depot on Aug 23 to inspect the conditions and human rights situation there.

“In terms of the physical and building conditions, Suhakam found that two out of the three main blocks made of wooden structures were dilapidated. To make matters worse, the conditions were unsanitary and the blocks were poorly maintained,” said Razali in a statement on Wednesday. Read more

Not One More Child: Dealing with Sex Crimes Against Children in Malaysia

Source: The Diplomat 

On September 8, 2017, with his head bowed low to avoid the press, a father was led into Malaysia’s Special Criminal Court on Sexual Crimes Against Children to hear his sentence for 623 counts of sexual abuse and sodomy. The man, whose victim was his own 15-year old daughter, was sentenced to 48 years in prison and 24 strokes of the cane.

This case is one of a growing number of incest cases in Malaysia. It comes on the heels of criticism leveled against Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Rohani Abdul Karim who, in a written reply to a parliamentary question stated that a 16-year old who was raped when she was 12, dropped out of school, and is currently living with her parents, was “doing fine.” The rapist, who is serving time in prison, married the girl on the back of the rape to avoid prosecution, drawing the ire of many Malaysians and exposing an inherent weakness in the law.

These two cases are not by any means isolated. Here are some numbers: on July 28, 2017, Minister Rohani reported that 13,272 children reported having been raped between 2010 and May 2017. Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) data shows that between 2014 and 2016, 11.8 percent of all sexual offenses against children were cases of incest. Of that, 50.7 percent of cases reported pointed toward a father or stepfather as the perpetrator. Read more