Malaysia Mulls Chemical Castration for Paedophiles

Malaysia Mulls Chemical Castration for Paedophiles
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Malaysia may follow Indonesia's lead in taking new measures to deal with paedophiles.

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Chemical castration for paedophiles might be one of the options considered by the Malaysia government's task force on child sexual crimes.

Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Azizah Mohd Dun said while she was not sure of this, it might be a "good thing to be considered" by Parliament, if it is agreeable.

She said this in response to a question by Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil) on whether Malaysia would follow Indonesia's example in dealing with paedophiles.

"President Jokowi (Joko Widodo) himself announced recently that Indonesia will be implementing chemical castration (for paedophiles)," Shamsul told the House today.

They were discussing the task force on child sexual crimes, which is headed by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said.

The task force, which was formed in August, came after reports concerning British paedophile Richard Huckle.

Huckle had sexually abused children in Malaysia for nearly nine years, from 2006, and allegedly abused close to 200 children aged between six months and 12 years.

In June, he was sentenced to 22 life sentences in the U.K. for his crimes.

The News Lens has been authorized to repost this article. The piece was first published on Malaysiakini.

Edited by: Edward White