Include child marriage in proposed Bill — Dr Muzaffar Syah Mallow

Source: The Star Online

DR MUZAFFAR SYAH MALLOW

Image taken from The Star Online.

Image taken from The Star Online.

THE initiative taken by the Government to table a child sexual crimes Bill in Parliament is a good step in protecting our children from these heinous crimes that have become so rampant in Malaysia. Cases of child sexual crimes are on the rise here, judging from the number of police reports lodged. At the same time, the number of cases charged in court is comparably smaller. As such, the proposal to table the Bill is very welcomed as it will further strengthen our laws protecting children from sexual predators.

The proposed Bill will address new offences against children, namely child grooming and child pornography. It will also give paramount consideration to the evidence of children and the establishment of a special court to deal with child sexual offenders.

However, the Government should also seriously consider including the matter of child marriage in the Bill. Under our law, the marriageable age for Muslim women is lower than for men. 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

PM says new law to address child sexual crimes

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — A Bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner is to be tabled in the current session of Parliament, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He said it was hoped that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 would receive the support of all MPs because it was the responsibility of all parties regardless of political affiliation.

“The Bill should not be opposed by any political party,” he said in his speech opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes, at the Putra World Trade Centre, here today.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi; Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor who is Permata patron; Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Indonesia’s fifth president Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Najib said the government planned to establish a special court to hear child sexual crime cases.

The Prime Minister said the Special Criminal Court would be different from the existing Children’s Court which only handled cases where the criminal offenders were children.

He also said that the government would not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse of children and would strive to eliminate these heinous crimes. Read more

Malaysia: Communities still in denial months after case of UK’s ‘worst paedophile’

Source: Asian Correspondent

MORE than six months after Richard Huckle was sentenced to life in jail for sexually abusing scores of children, most of the families in the Malaysian communities where he lived are declining counselling and other help, police say.

Huckle had posed as a freelance photographer, English teacher and Western philanthropist over the past decade to gain access mostly to impoverished communities in Kuala Lumpur, where taboos around child sex abuse often prevent families from disclosing it.

Police reached out to 320 adults and 101 children in two communities affected by Huckle, Ong Chin Lan, the head of the Sexual, Women and Children Investigation Division of the Malaysian national police said in an interview.

“We have identified a few victims. We have tried to identify communities,” Ong said. “But we respect the parents and guardians’ view of not coming forward. They don’t want to lodge a police report because of pride and shame.” Read more

Majlis Peguam gesa percepat pindaan akta tukar agama anak

Sumber: FMT News

Steven Thiru berkata, kerajaan juga perlu menyeragamkan undang-undang Islam di semua negeri yang memperuntukkan kedudukan bertentangan.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru. Pic taken from FMT News.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru. Pic taken from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: Majlis Peguam Malaysia mengalu-alukan pembentangan pindaan terhadap Akta Membaharui Undang-undang (Perkahwinan dan Perceraian) 1976, November lalu, bagi menangani isu penukaran agama kanak-kanak kepada Islam secara sebelah pihak atau unilateral.

Justeru, majlis itu menggesa kerajaan mempercepatkan cadangan pindaan tersebut.

Presidennya, Steven Thiru berkata, cadangan pindaan itu akan memastikan kanak-kanak berkenaan kekal dalam agama ibu bapanya pada waktu perkahwinan mereka, sebelum salah seorang pasangan itu memeluk Islam.

Di samping mempercepatkan pindaan itu, kerajaan juga perlu bergerak ke arah menyeragamkan undang-undang Islam di semua negeri yang memperuntukkan kedudukan bertentangan, katanya pada majlis perasmian istiadat badan kehakiman sempena Tahun Undang-undang 2017 semalam.

Ketika cadangan pindaan akta tersebut belum muktamad, katanya, badan perundangan negeri perlu mengelak mengubal undang-undang yang membenarkan penukaran agama secara sebelah pihak. Read more

New sexual crime Bill ready for Cabinet

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — The first draft of the Child Sexual Crime Bill is ready and expected to be presented to the Cabinet for policy drafting by next week.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, who chaired the task force for sexual crimes against children at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration yesterday, said the Bill would incorporate a change in the definition of sexual crime to include crimes committed online.

The Bill, if passed, would be an extension to the Child Act (Amendment) 2016 and the Penal Code.

“We want to bring it to Parliament this month but we need views and to carry out discussion with the committee and all ministries at the policy level,” she said.

Azalina said the Bill would see the change in definition of online and offline sexual crime.

“We will also see anti-grooming laws to prevent predators from using social media to lure young children,” she said. Read more