Malaysia tops in South-East Asia for online child pornography

Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the highest number of IP addresses uploading and downloading photographs and visuals of child pornography in South-East Asia, authorities have said.

The number of children falling prey to perpetrators whom they befriended online is also reportedly increasing fast.

Many Malaysian parents let their children use handphones without monitoring them, and more than 60% of children spend time in online chatrooms on the Internet on a daily basis.

Data shows that close to 20,000 IP addresses in Malaysia upload and download photographs and visuals of child pornography and that the country ranks top in South-East Asia in this regard.

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Minister says people failing to report child sexual crimes must also be punished

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the second tabling of the Child Sexual Offences Bill in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow will also include the offence committed by people who do not report the offences as abetting and will be fined up to RM5,000. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the second tabling of the Child Sexual Offences Bill in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow will also include the offence committed by people who do not report the offences as abetting and will be fined up to RM5,000. — Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

PUTRAJAYA, April 2 — People who fail to report child sexual crimes must also be taken to court for abetting, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said the second tabling of the Child Sexual Offences Bill in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow will also include the offence committed by people who do not report the offences as abetting and will be fined up to RM5,000.

“In fact, if all the family members fail to report the crime, legal action can be taken against all of them,” she told reporters after launching the Remaja Kafe@Teen Putrajaya Transit Centre here today.

Rohani said this would be brought up during the tabling of the Bill as in the past, many cases could not be brought to court because of the inability to get evidence from witnesses.

She added that according to statistics, 80 per cent of sexual crimes against children were committed by people known to the victims.

“The perpetrators include the fathers, brothers, uncles and family friends, and many cases could not be brought to court because the families did not make reports as they did not want to embarrass the family,” he said. Read more

Azalina calls on all MPs to support Child Sexual Offences Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — All Members of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to give their full support to ensure that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 will be tabled and passed during the current meeting of Dewan Rakyat.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Bill was vital as emphasised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes here, earlier today.

“As emphasised by the prime minister, we definitely cannot compromise in the issue of child sexual crimes,” she said in a statement here.

Najib, in his speech at the event, announced that a new bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner would be tabled in the current session of Parliament. Read more