Dewan Rakyat approves Legal Aid Bill amendment to provide for child sex abuse victims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — The Legal Aid (Amendment) Bill 2017 which introduced a provision that children of sexual crimes be given a legal companion service was approved in Dewan Rakyat today.

It was passed before Dewan Rakyat deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said after it was debated by 10 Members of Parliament.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said, when enforced, the bill would ensure only Malaysians could receive legal aid service from the Legal Aid Department.

“Its rational is to ensure public fund from tax payers and the facilities provided by the government prioritised the people,” she said when winding up the debate on the bill

However, she explained that the amendment would not deny access to justice to any quarters including foreign nationals. Read more