Sexual harassment bill deferred pending study

Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government says it is withholding the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill in the Dewan Rakyat next month pending the completion of a feasibility study.

“We have received the report of the study and will begin consultations with NGOs and victims of sexual harassment,” said Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh.

“Sexual harassment takes place not only in the workplace but also at institutions and other places, including the home. We want to ensure that the act is really beneficial,” she told reporters today.

The Dewan Rakyat sessions this year are scheduled for March 11 to April 11, July 1 to July 18, and Oct 7 to Dec 5.

Last year, Yeoh said the proposed law would address sexual harassment at the workplace