Minister hints at new law against stalkers

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — A new law criminalising stalking may be introduced in the future, but the Penal Code will need to be amended beforehand, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said today.

The women, family and community development minister pointed out that stalking is currently not a crime in Malaysia, but added that amendments to the Domestic Violence Act would criminalise elements of stalking.

“In short, the act of stalking itself is not domestic violence, but if it reaches the level of threatening the safety of victims or communicating in a way that insults the modesty of the victim, it is domestic violence.

“However, the government will always follow developments related to stalking and will consider to make it a crime in the nearest future,” she said in her wind-up speech this evening on a Bill to amend the Domestic Violence Act. Read more

Recognise stalking as domestic violence – Yu Ren Chung

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

BY: YU REN CHUNG

FEBRUARY 22 — After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe.

Wherever she moved, her husband would look her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children at her house.

She was being stalked.

Worried, she lodged a police report, but she was not given protection. Soon after, while leaving work, Nina was attacked by two men — acquaintances of her ex-husband. They slashed her with a machete, scarring her cheek and cutting-off her thumb.

If Nina received protection after she had been stalked, her gruesome attack may have been prevented.

Unfortunately for Nina, and thousands of Malaysians like her, stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Read more

Stalking, violence among lovers, to be included in amended Domestic Violence Act

Source: NST Online

Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 152) will be tabled in Parliament early 2017 to address wider issues of violence concerning the public. Pic taken from NST Online.

Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 152) will be tabled in Parliament early 2017 to address wider issues of violence concerning the public. Pic taken from NST Online.

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 152) will be amended and tabled in Parliament early next year to address wider issues of violence concerning the public.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry has over the past three years, conducted engagements with various stakeholders including civil societies, legal experts, women associations and non-governmental associations (NGOs) to finalise details on the Act.

She said the amendment is crucial to suit the current situation concerning domestic violence in the country. “We want to address new types of violence and amend deterrents currently in the Act. Read more