Shariah caning in courtroom unlawful too,lawyer says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Kuthubul Zaman said the caning of Shariah offenders in a civil courtroom in Sabah last year contravened the Prisons Regulations 2000. Picture drawn from The Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — The caning of Shariah offenders in a civil courtroom in Sabah last year contravened the Prisons Regulations 2000, a lawyer said amid a debate on the constitutionality of public whippings.

Datuk Kuthubul Zaman, who is the Bar Council’s Shariah law committee chair, highlighted Regulation 132 of the Prisons Regulations, which he said “clearly provides that whipping must be done in prison”.

Regulation 132 states that any punishment imposed on a prisoner “may be carried out in any prison, or partly in one prison and partly in another”.

“So even the civil courtroom is never used for whipping. My opinion is it is unlawful to conduct Shariah caning in civil courts,” Kuthubul told Malay Mail Online. Read more

Sabah Syariah Court records 3 open whipping sentences

Source: The Borneo Post Online

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Syariah Court recorded five cases involving whipping sentence since 2011.

The cases included three open whipping sentence for the offence of illegal sexual intercourse (zina).

State Syariah Chief Justice Datuk Jasri @ Nasip Matjakir said the three cases of open whipping sentence were from Tawau Syariah Court in 2014 and 2016 and were held in the courtroom.

“The 2014 case which involved a woman, was supposed to be held in Tawau prison. However, the offender was only punished with whippings, so it could not be done in the prison area. The whipping sentence is done at the request of the offender.

“Hence, the prison’s side recommended for the sentence to be exercised in the open court. Read more

Legislative reforms for child protection must continue — Malaysian Bar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

whatyouthink-new-logoAPRIL 10 — The Malaysian Bar welcomes the passing of the Sexual Offences against Children Act 2017 (“Act”) by the Dewan Rakyat in the recently concluded Parliament session. This new law marks progress for child protection in Malaysia by bringing our laws closer in line with international standards, and towards fulfilling our obligations as a State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC”). We take this opportunity to recognise the efforts of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of legal affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Azalina Othman Said, in bringing the Act to pass.

The Malaysian Bar, however, opposes the inclusion of the mandatory whipping provisions in the Act, which may include whipping a male who is more than 50 years of age. Whipping is a harsh and barbaric form of punishment, with long-term harmful psychological effects, and has failed as a retributory and deterrent punishment. International human rights norms condemn whipping and other forms of corporal punishment as cruel, inhumane or degrading, and call for their abolition. There is no justification for Malaysia to condone and administer such a merciless punishment. Read more

Hukuman sebat mandatori bagi pesalah jenayah seksual

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Barisan Nasional dan pembangkang penggubal undang-undang telah bersatu untuk menyokong Kesalahan Seksual Terhadap Kanak-Kanak Bill 2017 yang dibentangkan di Parlimen 28 Mac, 2017. — Foto oleh Kamles Kumar dari MMO.

Barisan Nasional dan pembangkang penggubal undang-undang telah bersatu untuk menyokong Kesalahan Seksual Terhadap Kanak-Kanak Bill 2017 yang dibentangkan di Parlimen 28 Mac, 2017. — Foto oleh Kamles Kumar dari MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 April — Dewan Rakyat malam tadi meluluskan Rang Undang-Undang Kanun Keseksaan (Pindaan) 2017, yang antara lain memberi laluan kepada penguatkuasaan hukuman sebat mandatori terhadap pesalah jenayah seksual apabila akta itu diwartakan kelak.

Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Razali Ibrahim berkata di bawah pindaan akta itu, hukuman sebat mandatori boleh dikenakan ke atas pesalah yang melakukan kesalahan rogol, sumbang mahram, persetubuhan seksual bertentangan dengan aturan tabii secara rela dan tanpa kerelaan, serta kesalahan merangsang kanak-kanak kepada perbuatan kelucahan melampau.

“Rang Undang-Undang ini menunjukkan langkah serius kerajaan untuk menangani salah laku melibatkan jenayah seksual dalam masyarakat yang semakin berleluasa pada hari ini,” katanya ketika menggulung perbahasan rang undang-undang itu, yang kemudiannya diluluskan dengan undian majoriti pada 11.30 malam ini. Read more

Hukuman sebat kanak-kanak akan dimansuhkan dalam pindaan akta

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat cadang pindaan kepada Akta Kanak-kanak 2001 selaras dengan perkembangan isu semasa, selepas 13 tahun akta itu dilaksanakan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 2 Disember, 2015.

Putrajaya membentangkan pemansuhan hukuman sebatan kepada kanak-kanak melakukan kesalahan jenayah yang dilaksanakan Mahkamah Bagi Kanak-Kanak (MBKK) dimansuhkan dalam pindaan Akta Kanak-Kanak 2001.

Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga, dan Masyarakat Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim pada sidang media di Parlimen hari ini berkata, selain itu, pindaan berkenaan turut memasukkan Perintah Khidmat Masyarakat (CSO) diperkenalkan untuk dilaksanakan kanak-kanak yang ada konflik dengan undang-undang (kanak-kanak yang melakukan kesalahan jenayah) dan pesalah dewasa (ibu bapa/penjaga) yang mendera atau mengabaikan kanak-kanak.

“Setelah 13 tahun Akta Kanak-kanak 2001 (Akta 611) dilaksanakan,  Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM) mencadangkan pindaan kepada akta tersebut dengan mengambilkira isu-isu semasa yang berkaitan dengan kanak-kanak seperti peningkatan kes kecuaian ibu bapa dalam penjagaan kanak-kanak,” katanya. Read more

Putrajaya to spare children the rod in revamped Child Act

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 ― The federal government has proposed to drop whipping as a form of punishment for children found guilty of criminal acts, as it tabled a Bill to overhaul the Child Act 2001 today.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim, who tabled the Bill for its first reading this morning, said they want to remove any and all instances where the Court for Children can order minors to be whipped if convicted of criminal acts.

“We don’t want whipping of child criminal offenders. No whipping,” she said at a news conference at the Parliament lobby here. Read more

Community service to replace caning for juveniles under new Act, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Juvenile offenders will be made to do community service instead of being punished by whipping under proposals to the new Child Act 2015 that is expected to be tabled in Parliament in October, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry said.

Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the suggestion for community service had been included in the text of the draft law that is now with the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“Instead of whipping, child offenders can do community service because if they get whipping they might turn to be a vindictive person and they might inflict their vengence on others,” Rohani told a press conference after the ministry’s open house in Kuala Lumpur today.

“They (child offenders) are wrong but we suggest this because whipping leaves marks. Why not they do hours of community work so that they will be able to repent instead,” she said.

The new act will also cover cyber-bullying and child pornography, both of which were not included in the current Child Act 2001. Read more