Minister: Marrying victims won’t save rapists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said says statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said says statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Marriage will not allow rapists to escape punishment for their crime, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said today.

Responding to the controversy surrounding an Umno lawmaker’s suggestion that rapists be permitted to marry their child victims, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department also said statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors.

Commenting on public questions about whether such marriages could allow the rapists to avoid prosecution, she said this was not true.

“Offenders will not escape punishment if they have sexual relations with those below the age of 16 and may be charged under Section 376 (2) of the Penal Code,” she wrote on Facebook today. Read more

Putrajaya tables new law to protect children from sex predators

Source: The Malay Mail Online

If passed by Parliament, the Sexual Offences against Children Bill 2017 will introduce a range of new offences with harsh penalties that can go up to maximum 30 years’ jail, a minimum whipping of six strokes, or a maximum RM20,000 fine. Pic from AFP.

If passed by Parliament, the Sexual Offences against Children Bill 2017 will introduce a range of new offences with harsh penalties that can go up to maximum 30 years’ jail, a minimum whipping of six strokes, or a maximum RM20,000 fine. Pic from AFP.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — The federal government presented today its draft of a new law that aims to cast a wider net on sexual predators targeting children.

If passed by Parliament, the Sexual Offences against Children Bill 2017 will introduce a range of new offences with harsh penalties that can go up to maximum 30 years’ jail, a minimum whipping of six strokes, or a maximum RM20,000 fine.

New specific offences against child porn

The proposed law that seeks to beef up protection of children from sexual offences and provide effective deterrence focuses heavily on banning all forms of action related to child pornography. This will be the first law in Malaysia to deal specifically with child pornographic material.

Lawyers had in the past told Malay Mail Online that Malaysian laws do not  differentiate between pornographic materials depicting adults or children, with the same penalties applicable to possession or distribution of both types of materials. Read more

Punishment for whistleblowers uncalled for, says former A-G

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman believes the proposed sentence for whistleblowers under the Official Secrets Act 1972 ran counter towards transparency and openness. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 9, 2016.

Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman believes the proposed sentence for whistleblowers under the Official Secrets Act 1972 ran counter towards transparency and openness. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 9, 2016.

The proposed sentence of life imprisonment and 10 strokes of the cane for those who leak state secrets under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) is “disproportionate” to the offence, says former attorney-general (A-G) Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman.

The proposed amendments also ran counter to the rest of the world’s march towards transparency and openness, said Abu Talib.

While he believed that some restrictions should be placed on such, in the country’s interest, Abu Talib urged current A-G Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali to reconsider the amendments.

“That is out of proportion. What an impression it will have on the world. I think he should review this proposal in the interest of the nation and people.

“The sentence is disproportionate to the nature of the offence,” Abu Talib told The Malaysian Insider. Read more