MPs want sexual harassment law in place

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Aug 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Several lawmakers have called on the Government to speed up the drafting of the Sexual Harassment Bill following sexual harassment allegations of female housemen by the head of an orthopaedics department at a hospital in the Klang Valley.

Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said she welcomed the proposed law and the support from the Women, Community and Family Development Ministry.

"My office has already submitted a proposed draft of that bill which will be forwarded to the Ministry.

"I hope this will send a clear message and give assurance, especially to female employees, that they will be safe at work," she told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Thursday (Aug 2).

The Star on Sunday reported that there were allegations of sexual harassment against junior housemen in a hospital in the Klang Valley.

The Health Ministry has vowed to investigate the case and take the necessary action.

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said that he too had received a few complaints from anonymous victims at the hospital.

"Clearly this is not an isolated case and I am willing to help them.

"They can also directly lodge a report with the Health Ministry and the police.

"We hope that the Ministry will take stern action against the perpetrators," he said.

Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah hoped that the case would serve to encourage more victims of sexual harassment to come forward.

"Before I became an MP, most of these victims not only were worried about their safety but were concerned about job safety, if they came forward.

"Under the new Government, we hope more victims will be brave to come forward and we urge that the Bill is enacted quickly.

"I believe we also need to raise awareness on such issues as some are not sure if they are experiencing sexual harassment," she said.

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