KUALA LUMPUR – The Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 has been passed by the Dewan Rakyat today.
The bill which, among others, regards children as competent witnesses in sexual crime cases was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said last week.
It was passed after the third reading before Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said at about 6.15pm.
The bill was debated by both government and opposition Members of Parliament on various technical issues such as age, definition of victim, term of child pornography, witness statement and the implementation powers of the bill.
The bill, aimed at protecting children from sexual crimes, would be applicable to children under 18 years in line with the Child Act 2001. – BERNAMA