Umno AGM: Tackle sex education in schools seriously, says Puteri Umno

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  • Saturday, 03 Dec 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government needs to be more serious in implementing and teaching sex education in schools, in light of cases of sexual grooming, said Puteri Umno delegate Norrulhuda Marsidin (pic).

She called for sex education to be taught as early as preschool, with the curriculum adjusted accordingly for young children up to teenagers.

“Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin and Richard Huckle are among the criminals whose recent cases opened our eyes to the very real crime of paedophilia," she said at the Umno general assembly here.

“However, sexual crimes against minors has been occurring in Malaysia long before we began using the term. Nurul Huda Abdul Ghani and Nurin Jazlin Jazimin are among the child victims of this heinous crime,” she said.

Nur Fitri, a Malaysian Mara scholar to the UK was arrested and sentenced to prison there for possession of child pornography last year, while Huckle was convicted earlier this year by a UK court of sexual abuse against children in Malaysia.

Eight-year-old Nurul Huda was raped and killed when she was out cycling in 2004, while Nurin Jazlin was sexually assaulted and killed while cycling home from a night market in 2007.

In her speech, Norrulhuda also highlighted The Star’s Predator in My Phone campaign to introduce laws against sexual grooming of children.

“The campaign is working towards raising awareness on sexual grooming and crimes against children.

“Our lifestyles have changed a lot, smartphones are now not just a necessity for us but for our children, but this has opened up avenues towards exploitation of our children,” she said.

Norrulhuda also called for a review of Section 377E of the Penal Code on inciting a child to an act of gross decency.

“At the moment the law states that any person who incites a child under the age of fourteen to any act of gross indecency can be jailed for up to five years and also be liable to whipping.

“I suggest the age limit be increased from 14 to at least 17 years old to cover all minors, and also that the government introduce special laws relating to child pornography,” she said.



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