This article was published in The Malay Mail Online.
Stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Image from PA.
After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe. Wherever she moved, her husband would look her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children at her house. She was being stalked. Worried, she lodged a police report, but she was not given protection. Soon after, while leaving work, Nina was attacked by two men – acquaintances of her ex-husband. They slashed her with a machete, scarring her cheek and cutting-off her thumb.
If Nina received protection after she had been stalked, her gruesome attack may have been prevented. Unfortunately for Nina, and thousands of Malaysians like her, stalking is not a crime in Malaysia. Continue reading
I discussed the amendments made to the Penal Code during the 3rd meeting of the 1st Session of the 13th Parliament, with Sharaad Kuttan on the Morning Run.
Prelude from BFM:
Speaking on behalf of the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, Ren Chung explains the position of the NGO coalition about the recently passed amendments to the Penal Code. The statement draws attention to “section 203A, under which someone can be fined up to one million ringgit for disclosing information obtained under any written law” as well as section 326A which while penalising certain types of abuse between married spouses fails to be made consistent with the Domestic Violence Act 1994.
Interview aired on BFM on 23 October 2013.
Contributor acknowledgment in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2014 report:
Read the key findings of the report published on 24 September 2013 at the World Bank website.