Convicted paedophile registry to be updated soon, says Wan Azizah

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail looks over a book on grandparents as a pillar of the family while at an event in Kedah today. (Bernama pic)

ALOR SETAR: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the registry of convicted paedophiles in the country will be updated in a comprehensive manner soon.

She said this was vital because of the fact that the official records in the registry were only from 2017 onwards, and that there were also other weaknesses that needed improvement.

In the case of convicted paedophile Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, 27, Wan Azizah said he was studying abroad when found guilty of child pornography in 2015 and the government must be fair in tackling this issue.

“There are two sides to the story. He has already served his sentence or part of it … do we want to punish him for life?

“At the same time, we want to keep our children safe as well, so we need to be balanced,” she told reporters after launching the Kedah-level Santuni Rakyat Programme at the Aman Central shopping centre here yesterday.

In May 2015, Nur Fitri, who was studying at Imperial College, United Kingdom, was sentenced to five years’ jail by the Southwark Crown Court in London after pleading guilty to 17 charges of possessing more than 30,000 images and pornographic videos of children with the intent to distribute them.

He was extradited to Malaysia after serving a reduced jail sentence of nine months.

He is now pursuing a doctorate degree at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).