Putrajaya open to chemical castration to end paedophilia

Azizah Mohd DunKUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Azizah Mohd Dun is open to suggestions for chemical castration, similar to the act passed in Indonesia this month, to end paedophilia in the country.

“Maybe castration might be one of the ways.

“If this is something that could be agreed to, it could be something the parliamentarians could consider,” she said in replying to Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil) at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Shamsul had asked if Malaysia would look at Indonesia’s move to introduce chemical castration to avoid the recurrence of a case like that of Richard Huckle, 30, dubbed Britain’s worst paedophile.

Huckle was sentenced to 22 life sentences after he admitted to 71 charges of sex abuse against children in Malaysia aged from six months to 12 years old. He is believed to have abused up to 200 children from mainly poor communities.

The sexual predator also uploaded and boasted about his exploits on the “dark web”.

BBC recently reported about Indonesia passing controversial laws authorising chemical castration for paedophiles.

It said the laws were subject to fierce debate in parliament and that the Indonesian Doctors Association had told its members not to be involved, as the procedure would violate medical ethics.

Chemical castration is the use of drugs to reduce sex drive and libido, without sterilisation or removing organs.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s office Azalina Othman Said is expected to table the Child Sexual Crimes (2016) Bill in this parliament sitting, which will include new laws that would recognise the existence of crimes perpetrated via the social media and Internet.