For years, there has been much push from civil society for tougher action on paedophiles and yet, nothing much was done. Not even when a top police officer from Bukit Aman told us all that Malaysia ranks third in Asean countries for possession and distribution of child pornography.
Everytime there is a case of raped, sexually abused (or after that murdered) child, the whole nation and politicians cause an uproar for need for tougher laws, only for the whole episode to be forgotten after a week or so.
Parents of sexually abused children and the victims themselves can only plead, but nothing was done and paedophiles roamed free.
Heck, it is still paedophile haven in some places of Malaysia and this was what attracted sick minds such as now convicted British paedophile Richard Huckle who abused close to 200 children for nine years.
Now, in the past few months, Minister in the PM’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman has announced that she is working on amending the Penal Law on sexual grooming and sexual abuse of children.
Azalina has been appointed by Prime Minister Najib Razak to head a new task force to review child protection laws. The task force will consist of parliamentarians, representatives from the Malaysian Shariah Legal Association, academicians and women NGOs.
Well, at least she seems to be doing something, but it is still at snail pace, while millions of our children are at risk everyday of being sexually abused or raped.
Now, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim is saying that the government will consider the effectiveness of chemically castrating paedophiles.
Malaysiakini reported her as saying, “We will study the effectiveness. If it is suitable, what’s wrong with implementing it?
“What they do to children is so much worse,” Rohani told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday while wrapping up her ministry’s part of the Budget 2017 debate.
Several lawmakers had queried whether the ministry would consider such punishment for paedophiles.
Chemical castration on men works by injecting female hormones into the offenders, which depletes their sex drive, reported Malaysiakini.
While all these ministers are spouting their words, it must be remembered that these words do not automatically turn into actions.
Rohani is one to talk – for there was a time when she was talking of fostering children from government rehabilitation homes and she was not sure if those involved with incest cases will also be staying with foster families.
Enough of talking, just save our children from paedophiles who are now even in our homes, in our bedrooms, on our gadgets.
Source : Zakiah Koya@The Heat Malaysia Online