Azalina: Don't allow religion to be used to justify child sexual exploitation

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Mac -- Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (kanan) menerima kunjungan hormat Duta Amerika Syarikat di Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir di bangunan Parlimen hari ini. --fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

PETALING JAYA: Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (pic) has urged Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff not to allow religion to be used as a means to justify the sexual exploitation of children.

"Don’t use religion to negate or manipulate protective laws for our children especially the Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017.

"Please, don’t allow predators to use marriage as a way out (or way in!) to justify sexual exploitation," she tweeted on Saturday (March 14).

The former de facto law minister said this in response to Siti Zailah's remarks that policies, including the ban on child marriages, that were not against Islam would go on.

The Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017 was passed in Parliament when Azalina was the de facto law minister.

Hannah Yeoh, whose post was taken over by Siti, had previously also voiced concerns over PAS MPs' track record in relation to child marriages.

Siti was previously against Pakatan's efforts to fight child marriages nationwide.

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