Time to table long-delayed Sexual Harassment Bill in Parliament, urge Wan Azizah, Hannah Yeoh

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Hannah Yeoh have called for the long-delayed Sexual Harassment Bill to be tabled in Parliament soon to create safer spaces free from sexual harassment for the people, especially women and girls.

Wan Azizah and Yeoh, who served as Women, Family and Community Development minister and deputy minister respectively during Pakatan Harapan's 22-month rule said the ministry has to bring it up at the next Parliament session.

"The government must also take the initiative to organise more courses on gender sensitivity among civil servants and other law enforcement officers," they said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 14).

They were commenting to an incident where a woman claimed to have been sexually harassed by a policeman manning a roadblock at Jalan Duta.

In the incident, the woman said the policeman stated that he wouldn't issue her a summons if she could prove that she wasn't wearing a bra.

The Pandan and Segambut MPs also called for police to investigate the incident thoroughly.

"We regret this incident especially when it involves someone who is supposed to protect the safety of others.

"Women should be respected and protected. Look upon them as they were your own mother, sister or daughter," they said.

They said sexual harassment in the form of obscenities were enough to cause discomfort, fear and driving after a traumatic experience that could have caused the woman to suffer more serious physical injuries other than the pain she had felt mentally and emotionally.

They said the training courses in gender sensitivity should be done to prevent the same incident from happening again.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin had said on Saturday (Feb 13) that police are investigating the matter based on the woman's claim that went viral on social media.

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