Hornbill Unleashed

March 24, 2017

Child Sexual Offences Bill to be tabled next week

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Azalina was confident that the Bill will get the support of all members of Parliament and then passed early next month. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 will be tabled for first reading in Parliament next week, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

She expressed confidence that the Bill, which aims to address child sexual offences holistically and comprehensively, would get the support of all members of Parliament and then passed early next month.

“Tomorrow, the Cabinet will look at the Bill prior to its first reading in Parliament on Monday or Tuesday next week.

“I hope this Bill will be made a law as showing our responsibility as members of Parliament to the people, especially children,” she said when winding up the debate on the pledge of loyalty on the speech by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Parliament.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when opening a seminar on child sexual crimes at the Putra World Trade Centre recently, said that the government would table a Bill to address the problem.

Azalina, who is Pengerang Member of Parliament, said the noble effort by the government would strengthen existing laws in efforts to address child sexual crimes in the country.

“Insyallah, at the Women’s Day celebration this year, we will have a new law that will protect children against sexual crimes,” she said.

Towards this end, she hoped that the task force on child sexual crimes, which was announced by the prime minister last year, would serve as a platform for all agencies to share expertise in drafting the best strategy to combat the crime.

She said the task force was set up to study the various issues on child offences.

“The first meeting was held last Sept 6,” said Azalina, who is chairman of the task force.

Azalina said the Cabinet had also agreed for the Dangerous Drugs Act to be revised to allow the judge to use his/her own discretion in meting out sentence, especially those involving marginal cases.

“The cabinet agrees to insert additional provision to empower the court to hand down sentence, apart from the mandatory death sentence in certain circumstances that have been stipulated, for drug trafficking offences under Section 39B of the law,” she added.

Source : @ Bernama


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