Sexual harassment Bill to be tabled after in-depth study


KUALA LUMPUR: The Sexual Ha­­rass­ment Bill will not be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat next month as planned because the results of a just-completed feasibility study are still under scrutiny.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh (pic) said this was necessary to ensure the proposed Act would be comprehensive and covered a wide scope.

“We have received the report of the study and will begin con-sultations with NGOs and victims of sexual harassment.

“Sexual harassment takes place not only in the workplace but also at institutions and other places including the home.

“We want to ensure that the Act is really beneficial,” she said after viewing ongoing repair works at SM Sains Seri Puteri here.

Yeoh, who is the Segambut MP, said the Sexual Harassment Bill would be tabled at a Dewan Rakyat session this year.

The Dewan Rakyat sessions this year are scheduled for March 11 to April 11, July 1 to July 18, and Oct 7 to Dec 5.

She had said in October last year that the proposed Act would be formulated to address sexual harassment at the workplace and the outcome of a feasibility study would be the basis for drawing up the Bill.

On SM Sains Seri Puteri, Yeoh said she would write to the Edu­cation Ministry to secure the assurance that the site would be retained for a school and not used for some other development.

“We have seen many school sites making way for other development. An example is SM Perempuan Bukit Bintang.

“Sekolah Menengah Sains Seri Puteri is adjacent to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Maxwell which is also in the Segambut parliamentary constituency. I hope no one targets to develop this strategic area,” she said.

During her visit to the school, Yeoh saw maintenance work being done on the water tank and pumphouse and the installation of 10 ceiling fans, at the cost of RM10,809.

On a separate matter, Yeoh welcomed the proposal of National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah that parents of children involved in drug abuse be required to attend counselling.

Many quarters only focus on the children in the case of drug abuse when the people around them, including neighbours and school authorities, also have a role to play, she said. — Bernama

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