SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has expressed concern over the growing number of sexual crime cases in the state.
The Sultan of Selangor’s private secretary, Mohamad Munir Bani, said in a statement today that this concern was raised following the high number of cases involving sexual crimes, such as rape and incest, brought to the Selangor Pardons Board.
“As the chairman of the Selangor Pardons Board, the Sultan is very concerned over this development as it will have negative implications and can undermine the family institution and moral values among the people of Selangor.
“He described it as critical and it will cause suffering to the victim who should be protected by the perpetrator.
“Such crimes should be eradicated without any compromise as it can affect the harmony among society and create anxiety and prejudice against the families involved,” he said.
Munir said the Sultan also reminded the people to preserve the dignity of their family members and promote respect towards women and children.
Munir said Sultan Sharafuddin also called on all parties to increase their efforts to curb sexual crime through education, law enforcement and greater emphasis on religious values.
“According to the teachings of Islam, those involved in sexual crimes are committing a big sin, so the Sultan recommended that more severe penalties be imposed on sex offenders to warn the public to stay away from such despicable acts.
“It is the wish and hope of the Sultan of Selangor for the people to live in peace and be free from the threat of sexual crimes in Selangor,” he said.