Rights lawyer urges IGP to halt investigation against Kadir

Source: The Malay Mail

Kadir previously disclosed that the government spent RM257 million for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s expenditure over 16 months. — Bernama pic

PETALING JAYA, June 7 — Police should not investigate Datuk A. Kadir Jasin for sedition and other “oppressive” laws that the government has said will be repealed, said lawyer Latheefa Koya.

Responding to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun’s disclosure that investigations against Kadir were initiated under the Sedition Act, the Communications and Multimedia Act, and the Penal Code, she said the police must act consistently with the government’s reform agenda.

“The IGP must realise that Malaysia is no longer governed by the oppressive BN regime which had previously persecuted the people for merely exercising their right to free speech.

“Whoever is affected by Kadir’s article should respond in a civilised manner and not resort to lodging police reports. It is also possible for these parties to file civil defamation suits but there is certainly nothing criminal in what he had written,” she said.

Kadir previously disclosed that the government spent RM257 million for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s expenditure over 16 months.

He wrote another entry today defending his earlier post, telling critics he only meant to show how royals need no assurances beyond what the Federal Constitution provides.

Parents, Here’s What You Can Do If Someone Sexual Harasses Your Child At A Theme Park

Source: Malaysian Digest

“Victims must find courage to speak up, lodge complaints and make police reports when sexual harassment occurs. Witnesses especially need to call out, speak out and act when we see harassment taking place. Taking pictures or video of the unacceptable behaviour is one way. Communities need to be more caring and less tolerant when it comes to harassment. Harassment is unacceptable and children, especially need to be protected. We can look out for each other. We can start with not victim-blaming and understanding that it takes courage to call out sexual harassment. With movements like #StopStreetHarrassment, #HandsOff, #MeToo and #TimesUp, I hope that the awareness will give courage for victims to call out the harassment and lodge the necessary report to the authorities.”– Robyn Choi, HAKAM Secretary-General, in advocating for every Malaysian to act together as a community to curb such incidents from recurring, instead of solely depending on the authorities to act on such matters.

Image taken from Malaysian Digest

Malaysian theme parks came under the spotlight recently after Filipino celebrity Ruffa Gutierrez posted an unfortunate account of sexual harassment her two daughters had faced at a local theme park during their holiday here.

Not only was the Gutierrez-family experience embarrassing for our country as the group of men acted like hooligans at a family-friendly establishment, but when the incident became viral, it also captured international headlines that questioned ‘Are Malaysian theme parks safe?’

While the theme park in question have assured the safety of its guests is of utmost priority and relayed they take the matter seriously, the incident has also served as an eye-opener for other parents to keep watch over their children, despite being in a family-friendly environment. Read more

Castrating rapists a ‘barbaric act’, say human rights groups

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Human rights groups are opposed to a proposal that rapists be castrated as a form of punishment, urging authorities not to resort to such “violent” measures.

The proposal in question was discussed a meeting involving the Sarawak state government yesterday.

Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (CAGED) spokesperson Thomas Fann said criminal justice is a federal matter and not for any one state to discuss or decide on.

“Any irreversible procedure like castration, amputation or the death penalty should not be considered, given that no human justice system is perfect and infallible,” Fann said to FMT.

Adding that “punishment alone won’t stop such crimes”, he said it was more important to understand why sexual crimes are committed and what mechanisms can be used to ensure that victims can safely report their situations. Read more

Sarawak will profile rapists, victims of incest before pushing castration proposal

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Sept 11 — The Sarawak Social Development Council (SDC) will profile the perpetrators and victims of incest before discussing further a proposal to castrate the perpetrators as a form of additional punishment, state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said today.

She said the council, under her ministry, is expected to complete profiling of the perpetrators and victims by November this year.

Fatimah said the police, medical department, welfare department and women and family council are among agencies helping SDC to do the profiling.

“After we have completed the profiling, we will discuss the castrate proposal in-depth in our lab later,” she told reporters after chairing the Women and Family Council meeting here. Read more

Sarawak government to discuss proposal to castrate convicted rapists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Sept 10 — Sarawak welfare, community wellbeing, women and family development minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said today the state government will discuss a proposal to include castration to be imposed against rapists.

She said a high-level meeting on the matter will be held tomorrow, and that the proposal has received support from concerned citizens over the rise of incest cases after she posted on it her Facebook page.

“We will look at this proposal at our third state women and family council meeting tomorrow,” she told reporters after attending a tea party to mark the official birthdays of the Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong  XV Sultan Muhammad V, which both fell on September 9. Read more

‘Rape’ to include other body parts, objects

Source: The Malay Mail Online

At present, the Penal Code defines rape as sexual intercourse without the women’s consent. — AFP pic

At present, the Penal Code defines rape as sexual intercourse without the women’s consent. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — Rape will now be broadened to include other body parts and objects in the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 that will be tabled in Parliament.

Parliamentary draftsman from the Attorney-General’s Chambers Datuk Ilani Mohd Ibrahim said this was key to ensuring those who violated women, especially young girls, would not escape justice.

At present, the Penal Code defines rape as sexual intercourse without the women’s consent.

“We are working to clarify the definition of rape to include other bodily parts and objects. This is to ensure those committing such acts will finally be brought to justice,” she said at the “Child Sex Crimes: Stop!” seminar at Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.

Ilani was referring to a 2015 case when a 60-year-old man was acquitted of four counts of rape with a minor in Sarawak after he claimed he penetrated the girl with his fingers.

“Even the Appellate Court judge who handled the case requested for an urgent need to review the definition of rape,” she said.

Ilani said the bill proposed heavier sentences meted out to the perpetrators. At present, convicted rapists could be sent to prison for not more than 20 years and would be whipped, based on the court’s discretion. Read more

Mengapa sukar jadikan ‘rogol dalam perkahwinan’ sebagai jenayah

Sumber: FMT News

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh berkata itu sebabnya Kanun Keseksaan meliputi perbuatan itu sebagai kesalahan suami mencederakan isteri dengan tujuan melakukan seks. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh berkata itu sebabnya Kanun Keseksaan meliputi perbuatan itu sebagai kesalahan suami mencederakan isteri dengan tujuan melakukan seks. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Teresa Kok berkata sukar untuk frasa “rogol dalam perkahwinan” digunakan sebagai terma undang-undang dan untuk dihujahkan di mahkamah.

Katanya, kali pertama beliau tahu mengenai kesukaran itu ialah ketika menjadi ahli Jawatankuasa Pemilih Semakan Kanun Keseksaan dan Kanun Prosedur Jenayah.

“Kami dapati agak sukar meletakkan terma rogol dalam perkahwinan dalam undang-undang. Itu sebabnya ia menyatakan tindakan suami mencederakan isterinya dengan tujuan melakukan seks adalah kesalahan di bawah Seksyen 375A Kanun Keseksaan,” katanya.

Kok berkata sukar untuk membuktikan rogol dalam perkahwinan bila ia berlaku.

“Bagaimana hendak membuktikan ia rogol dalam perkahwinan? Sangat sukar untuk menggambarkan dan berhujah di mahkamah dan sebab itu kami letak ia di bawah 375A di mana hukuman penjara boleh dikenakan hingga 5 tahun.

“Secara tidak langsung ia meliputi insiden keganasan termasuk rogol dalam perkahwinan,” katanya kepada FMT.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai respons kepada gesaan Pertubuhan Bantuan Wanita (WAO) supaya rogol dalam perkahwinan dikategorikan sebagai jenayah. Read more

Rogol dalam perkahwinan itu jenayah, kata WAO

Sumber: FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mengulangi gesaannya supaya rogol dalam perkahwinan dianggap sebagai jenayah, sempena wanita di seluruh dunia meraikan Hari Wanita Antarabangsa hari ini.

Dalam laporan kajian kesnya bertajuk “Perspektif terhadap Keganasan Rumah Tangga” yang dikeluarkan hari ini, NGO itu berkata rogol – sama ada ia berlaku dalam perkahwinan atau tidak – adalah jenayah di bawah standard antarabangsa.

Tetapi di Malaysia, Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan menyatakan hubungan seks tanpa rela tidak dianggap sebagai jenayah apabila ia berlaku antara pasangan berkahwin.

“Rogol dalam perkahwinan dikenali dalam Konvensyen Mengenai Penyingkiran Semua Bentuk Diskriminasi Terhadap Wanita (Cedaw) Jawatankuasa Cadangan Umum 19, yang menyatakan ‘Dalam kalangan hubungan keluarga, wanita semua peringkat umur tertakluk kepada semua bentuk keganasan, termasuk pukul, rogol dan serangan seksual lain’.”

Laporan itu menyatakan jawatankuasa PBB Cedaw meminta Putrajaya menjadikan rogol dalam perkahwinan sebagai jenayah sejak 2006.

“Kami mendesak kerajaan dengan segera meminda bahasa dalam Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan dan berhenti membenarkan amalan rogol dalam perkahwinan,” menurut laporan itu. Read more

NRD officer sentenced to 156 years total for turning Sulus into Malaysians

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Pic taken from the Star Online.

Pic taken from the Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — An administrative assistant at the National Registry Department (NRD) in Malacca has been sentenced to a total of 156 years for corruption and hacking when he changed the status of 22 Sulu Filipinos to Malaysians.

However, Ahmad Zakri Raman, 31, will only be spending 10 years behind bars as the Sessions Court ordered the sentences to run concurrently starting from the date of his arrest last September, Malay daily Harian Metro reported today.

According to the report, Ahmad pleaded guilty to 17 counts of accepting bribes amounting to RM88,000, a crime under Section 161 of the Penal Code.

He was also charged with 15 counts of hacking into the NRD system to change the 22 foreigners’ citizenship to Malaysian, an offence under Section 5(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997.

“With the accused pleading guilty, it saves the time and cost of the court, but I agree with the deputy public prosecutor that this involves a serious citizenship issue,” Judge Ahmad Sazali Omar was quoted as saying when meting out the sentence.

Ahmad Zakri was reported to have committed the crimes at the Jalan Hang Tuah Urban Transformation Centre in Malacca between March 2014 and April 2016.