KUALA LUMPUR: The cabinet today approved the proposed Child Sexual Crime Bill 2017, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said.
She said the bill would be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat for the first reading next week.
“This bill is important in addressing the seriousness of sexual crime against children in Malaysia.
“It is also aimed at increasing protection for children from sexual criminals and in looking after the welfare of children,” she said in a statement here.
She said that in general, the bill addressed sexual offences against children and the punishment, adding to the existing laws on the offences.
Azalina, who is also Pengerang MP, expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Najib Razak who paved the way for a task force to be formed to tackle the issue of sexual crime against children.
She said the success of the National Seminar on “Child Sexual Crime: Stop It!” organised by Permata on March 13 and 14 also opened the eyes of many on the need for laws that could provide a healthy and safe environment for children.
In August 2016, the prime minister announced the immediate formation of a task force to look into issues related to sexual crimes, especially rape of children.
Azalina was then appointed chairman of the action committee on sexual crime against children.