BUKIT LANJAN: It’s a serious social problem, one too many convictions for crime against children

Unicef hails special court for sexual crimes against children

June 23, 2017
The UN body says it is ready to lend its support and expertise to set up standard operating procedures for handling cases involving child sexual victims.

KUALA LUMPUR: United Nations International Children’s Fund (Unicef) Malaysia today welcomed the launching of a special court for sexual crimes against children and the “Permata Room” for the comfort of child witnesses. Unicef Malaysia representative Marianne Clark-Hattingh, in a statement here, said the launch of the special court was a tangible step towards setting up the systems and structures necessary for protecting the child victims of sexual crimes … for more, go to http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/06/23/unicef-hails-special-court-for-sexual-crimes-against-children/

BUKIT LANJAN: It’s a serious social problem, one too many convictions for crime against children

It was shocking and unnerving to Malaysians after reading The Star Online report titled “Special court has convicted 36 paedophiles, child rapists since July 10”.

It shows the setting up of the special court was a step in the right direction to curb such a growing crime in Malaysia.

“36 paedophiles, child rapists convicted since July 10 is certainly one too many for Malaysians to accept,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Asagoff said.

He said the convictions confirm that crime against children was a growing social problem that needed more public education and preventive measures.

“I believe the convictions are just the tip of the iceberg. What about those unreported cases? How many are there?” he asked.

Syed Razak said the federal government needed to treat the problem with immediate and more proactive actions to curb crime against children.

“The problem is certainly serious and demands serious attention and action. Public awareness must be raised on crime against children so that witnesses and those with knowledge of such crime in progress are encouraged to report to the authorities,” he added.

by Natasha Venner-Pack
WHEN Datuk Ilani Mohd Ibrahim stepped up to talk about the proposed child sexual crimes bill and amendments to existing laws, everyone waited with bated breath. As the bill is still under wraps, Ilani, parliamentary draftsmen in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), kept the topic firmly on existing laws, which led to many questions being asked by the audience during the Q&A. Here are the five points Ilani made during the Q&A session, which we translated into layman’s terms with help from Tham Hui Ying, vice-president of the Association of Women Lawyers … for more, go to http://rage.com.my/law-and-order/
Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the federal government should allocate adequate funds to the relevant authorities and ministries to help curb crime against children via public education programmes and campaigns.

“Enforcement and punitive actions are just not enough. There must be efforts to raise awareness on the problem by holding community programmes and campaigns,” he added.

This was what The Star Online posted:

"Special court has convicted 36 paedophiles, child rapists since July 10

Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017
3:22 PM MYT
by martin carvalho

KUALA LUMPUR: The special court for child sexual crimes has convicted 36 paedophiles and child rapists since July 10.

Women, Family & Community Deputy Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said this in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday (Nov 8) in response to a question by Alice Lau Kiong Yieng (DAP-Lanang) on the number of offenders convicted.

The court was launched on June 22 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Asked what was being done to address incest, Azizah said that several preventive programmes were being implemented by several Government agencies.

"The campaign covers sexual threats, including from their own family members," said Azizah.

She said that 35,281 students, teachers and parents have benefited from the campaign since it began in 2014.

Azizah added that members of the public can call the toll free Kasih line at 15999 to report any social issues, including incest.

The Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 was passed in April this year and enforced on July 10.

The law is aimed at protecting children aged 18 and below from sexual crimes in line with the Child Act 2001.

Under the law, offenders of sexual crimes against children could face imprisonment of between 20 and 30 years and whipping for offences.

This includes grooming a child for sexual purposes and making, possessing and distributing child pornography.



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