Malaysia, June 7, 2016 – The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: In the interest of protecting minors from paedophiles in Malaysia, Datuk Heng Seai Kie (pic) has called for the setting up of a registry of sex offenders and expanded definitions of what constitutes an offence.
In a press statement Tuesday, Heng was concerned that while paedophile Richard Huckle would be behind bars until the age of 53, he could be capable of repeat offences after his release.
Heng proposed setting up a sex offenders registry and publicising the names of convicted paedophiles and rapists.
She suggested that legislative reforms in this area should include charging Malaysian citizens for committing offences abroad and allowing them to be tried a second time locally, mandatory jail time for possessing and accessing child pornography, and disallowing computer or Internet access for sex offenders.
“We also re-assert that the definition of rape be expanded to beyond the current description of ‘penile penetration into the vagina against one’s will’,” said Heng.
Heng’s expanded definition of rape includes the insertion of any object into any orifice of the human anatomy, so long as there was coerced intrusion, as for it to be gender neutral to include offences against males.
Late last month, the Parliament passed amendments to the Child Act which allowed the setting up of a Child Registry to better protect children against abusers and sexual predators.