The Straits Times
Published on Oct 14, 2012

Malaysia plans mandatory jail for sex with minors


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP/THE STAR ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia is planning to make jail terms mandatory for sex with minors following an outcry after two men convicted of statutory rape were allowed to go free, the de facto law minister said.

Nazri Aziz, the minister in charge of legal matters, was quoted by local media on Sunday as saying the government would change the law to prevent judges from lifting jail sentences in such cases.

The proposed change would come before parliament next year, he was quoted as saying. Mr Nazri could not immediately be reached for further comments.

Malaysian child protection activists have called for a legal review after two men convicted of having sex with minors were allowed to go free in August.