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KUALA LUMPUR, 14 March 2017:
Parents or guardians who are aware of sexual crimes involving children under their care – but do not report the matter to the relevant authorities – should be punished, said Kuala Kangsar MP Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid.
Mastura said this aspect must be included in the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 which will be tabled at the current Dewan Rakyat session.
“Parents and guardians must take this seriously, if they fail to report, then they should be punished so that the Bill has an impact on all levels of society,” she said at the Parliament House today.
Mastura said parents and guardians need not be afraid or ashamed to report sexual crimes because their quick action could save children from serious psychological stress.
She also said the Bill must emphasise the efficient gathering of evidence so that the perpetrators could be quickly punished.
At the seminar on child sexual crimes yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced a new and specific law to combat child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner would be tabled at the current Parliamentary session.
In this regard, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said urged members of Parliament to give their full support so the Bill could be passed at the current Dewan Rakyat session.
Among others, the Act will include such aspects as child sexual grooming and child pornography.
Meanwhile, Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim said the new law is proof of the government’s concern for the younger generation in Malaysia.
He said the new law is necessary to protect the generation which will lead the country in the future. He hoped the bill would get the support of all parties, regardless of political affiliations.