Komitmen kerajaan untuk menjadikan menghendap satu jenayah dialu-alukan (Malay/English)

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JUAN PABLO SERRANO ARENAS/ PEXELS

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mengalu-alukan komitmen dari kerajaan untuk menjadikan menghendap (stalking) sebagai satu jenayah dan akan membentangkan kertas dasar di kabinet tahun ini.

Pengumuman ini dibuat oleh Mas Ermieyati, de facto timbalan menteri undang-undang, dalam satu mesyuarat bersama pemegang taruh di Parlimen baru-baru ini.

Mesyuarat yang turut dihadiri oleh agensi kerajaan termasuklah Jabatan Peguam Negara, polis, Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat dan Bahagian Hal Ehwal Undang-Undang di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

Semasa mesyuarat tersebut, pemandiri menghendap telah berkongsi pengalaman mereka – termasuklah bagaimana mereka tidak dilindungi disebabkan oleh jurang undang-undang sedia ada.

Sehingga undang-undang ini dipinda, pemandiri menghendap akan terus dibiarkan tanpa perlindungan yang mencukupi.

Oleh itu, kami menggesa agar kerajaan, tanpa berlengah, untuk meneruskan komitmen ini untuk menjadikan menghendap sebagai satu kesalahan. Kami juga menyeru agar ahli-ahli Parlimen untuk terus memberikan komitmen terhadap usaha ini.

Kami akan terus memberikan kerjasama dengan kerajaan dan penggubal dasar untuk
memastikan pindaan ini dapat dibuat. – WAO

English version

WAO welcomes government’s commitment to make stalking a crime without delay

The Women’s Aid Organisation welcomes the government’s commitment to make stalking a crime, and to table the policy paper in cabinet this year.

This announcement was made by Mas Ermieyati, the de facto deputy law minister, in a meeting with stakeholders in Parliament recently.

The meeting was attended by government agencies including the Attorney General’s Chambers, the police, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, and the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department.

During the meeting, stalking survivors shared their experiences – including how they were unprotected due to gaps in existing law.

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Until the law is amended, stalking survivors will continue to be left without adequate protection.

We thus urge the government to follow through on this commitment to make stalking an offence without further delay. We also call on members of Parliament to continue providing oversight on this effort.

We look forward to continue working with the government and policymakers to get this done. – WAO

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