KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 — Malaysia plans to tighten existing laws protecting children against sexual violence and hold guardians and teachers accountable for ignoring telltale signs of abuse, the nation’s first female Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said.
An act on sexual offences against children was passed last year under the former government of ex-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. It aims to protect minors below 18 years old and makes child pornography and sexually communicating with a child an offense. Dr Wan Azizah, who holds a second portfolio as the minister of women, family and community development, said there’s room to strengthen the law to make it more effective.
“Ultimately there have to be laws to hold primary caregivers ignoring child abuse incidences accountable,” Dr Wan Azizah, who has nine grandchildren, said in an interview at her office in Putrajaya. Read more