Youth parliament member moots chemical castration for pedophiles

Source: Asian Correspondent

A MEMBER of Malaysia’s Youth Parliament has called on the government to introduce chemical castration as the punishment for sexual offences, following the slew of sex abuse cases against children and a heightened awareness of pedophilia.

On Thursday, Mohd Firdaus Ahmad, from the northern state of Kedah, proposed the government take drastic measures to curb such crimes against children, national news agency Bernama reported.

He said prevention of sex crimes against children could be aided with severe punishment.

“In May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo was reported to have authorized chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders. Such punishment is also practiced in a number of countries like South Korea, Poland, Russia and some states in the United States,” he was quoted as saying.

Chemical castration involves the usage of drugs to reduce libido in men, stemming their sex drive and their ability to be sexually aroused. This form of punishment remains a widely debated topic in neighbouring Indonesia, as opponents have raised ethical and human rights concerns. Read more

Amend legal definition of rape, says Fatimah

Source: The Star Online

Women, Welfare and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

KUCHING: A state minister wants the legal definition of rape to be amended soonest, following the gazetting of the Child Act (Amendment) 2015.

Women, Welfare and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said it would be “disappointing” if the amendments to the Child Act did not include a broader definition of rape.

She said her ministry had been pursuing this matter since the Court of Appeal’s acquittal of a 60-year-old man in the “finger rape” case last year.

“The perpetrator was let off because the definition of rape only covered penile penetration.

“I wrote a letter on behalf of the state government to the Attorney-General to review the definition of rape so that there will be justice for the victims.

“The reply we received then was that comprehensive amendments would be made to the Child Act.

“Now it has been gazetted but it does not include the definition of rape. Of course that would be very disappointing to us.

“We are still waiting for the definition to be amended. Maybe it will be done through an amendment to the Penal Code,” Fatimah said after presenting assistance to storm victims here yesterday.

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To Catch a Child Sex Predator

Source: R.AGE

We were at the crowded lobby of a four-star hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. That’s where the child sex predator decided to make his big move.

The man, in his late 30s, had spent most of the past hour at a cafe across the street patiently trying to convince Natalie, his 15-year-old “friend” he met on WeChat, to accompany him to his hotel room, where they could really get to know each other. She needed to “learn to trust”, he kept repeating.

Natalie, however, was reluctant, and afraid. They had only started messaging each other a week ago, and she had heard many “stranger danger” stories.

RELATED: Our journalist describes her “date” with a child sex predator.

But the man knew what he was doing. He was a “groomer”, a sex predator who trawls mobile chat apps for victims, slowly gaining their trust before manipulating them to fulfill his twisted, perverted fantasies.

Throughout the conversation, he remained kind, yet persistent, until Natalie finally caved, agreeing to walk with him to the hotel lobby, nothing more.

When they got there, he made his big play. He made it clear he wanted to have sex, along with an altogether more horrifying confession.

“You’re not the only young girl I know. There are many,” he said.

“Do all of them do this with you?” she asked.

“I’ve done it with girls from Form One to Form Six! The one that is in Form One (aged 13) is from a school in KL. There’s another one in Selangor, but she’s in Form Four now.”

(Details have been generalised to protect the identity of the minors involved).

What the man didn’t know was that R.AGE journalists were stationed all around the hotel, listening to his every word, filming his every move.

And Natalie was actually a 26-year-old R.AGE undercover journalist, disguised to look like a schoolgirl.

Our journalist was walking a tightrope. She had to find out as much about the man as possible – particularly if he has committed other crimes against children – without spooking him off. She had to keep his attention, without ever saying anything remotely suggestive. Read more

Heed Wake-Up Call to Establish a Comprehensive National Child Protection Policy — Malaysian Bar

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Heed Wake-Up Call to Establish a Comprehensive National Child Protection Policy

The Malaysian Bar is aghast at the recent public disclosure that close to 200 young and vulnerable children, aged between 6 months and 12 years, were systematically sexually abused over a period of almost nine years between March 2006 and December 2014, by a British citizen residing in Malaysia.

All the children preyed upon by the paedophile, Richard Huckle — now branded “Britain’s worst paedophile” — were pre-pubescent vulnerable children from minority ethnic communities into which he had ingratiated himself. The paedophile was able to gain access to the children, including those living in shelter homes, by posing as a student, a photographer, an English teacher and/or a philanthropist. He offered to help with the children’s education, when in fact he was systematically abusing the children.

The paedophile was arrested by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Authority (“NCA”) on his arrival at Gatwick Airport in London in December 2014. He was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, 71 counts of child sex offences in the United Kingdom. On 7 June 2016, he was sentenced to 22 life sentences to be served concurrently. He now faces a minimum jail term of 23 years and 242 days. Read more

SUHAKAM calls for robust law to protect Malaysian children

Source: NST Online

suhakamKUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has called for robust and specific national laws to protect children from all forms of sexual violence and abuse to be immediately put in place.

The rights body said they should include laws that would assist the police, prosecutors and enforcement agencies to pursue, disrupt and bring to justice those who attempted to sexually groom children online.

“Appropriate and necessary action at all levels must be immediately taken to criminalise and penalise effectively, in conformity with all relevant and applicable international instruments, all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children,” Suhakam said in a statement today. Read more