Where has the RM13m budgeted for investigating sexual crimes against children gone? DAP MP asks

28/9/2022 7:00:00 AM

Where has the RM13m budgeted for investigating sexual crimes against children gone? DAP MP asks

Where has the RM13m budgeted for investigating sexual crimes against children gone? DAP MP asks

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — As Malaysians look forward to Budget 2023 next month, Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto today asked the government to explain in detail how it has spent the...

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By Zarrah Morden Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 11:59 AM MYT KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — As Malaysians look forward to Budget 2023 next month, Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto today asked the government to explain in detail how it has spent the RM13 million set aside last year for investigating sexual crimes against women and children.The DAP politician had a number of questions for Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin about the allocation from last year’s Bbudget for the D11 police division dedicated to sexual crimes, especially its expenditure on investigations involving children.MHO secretary-general Datuk Hishamuddin Hashim claimed that 700 Malaysians were being held against their will, forced into illegal activities such as scamming and online gambling and subjected to threats and torture as well.“If not, has it been used to cushion the promotions within Bukit Aman?” she asked in a statement.There would also be a cool-off period for first-time online banking service registrations, an updated fraud and detection response, a standardised Financial Process Exchange (FPX) interface, and a tighter verification process such as implementing real-time phone calls.The DAP deputy secretary for international affairs urged the home minister to table a detailed financial report on the D11’s spending of government allocations in the coming Dewan Rakyat sitting.Hishamuddin said 10 victims were rescued from the syndicate through the intervention of the Malaysian embassy in Laos, and that four of them had escaped from that country.She also asked if the allocated money had been fully spent to deploy police officers with the proper skills, knowledge and experience in handling sexual crimes cases to all states in the country.“Saravanan said that he would resign as a minister if flaws can be found.

“Is RM13 million sufficient for employing 100 officers, to purchase vehicles, equipment and office fixtures including an ‘anatomy doll’ with a recorder?” she added.MCCC president Tan Sri Musa Hassan advised the victims who had returned to Malaysia to lodge police reports as their statements would be useful in identifying Malaysians, if any, who were involved with the syndicate.However, BNM’s governor Tan Sri Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus acknowledged that the heightened security to put off scammers could leave consumers with a more inconvenient banking experience.According to Kasthuri’s calculations, if the allocation were divided equally, each state would have seven D11 officers to handle such crimes.However, she suggested relooking this as some states were larger geographically and population-wise such as Sarawak, requiring more manpower and assets compared to smaller states like Perlis.“At the moment, we are working closely with Wisma Putra and the Royal Malaysia Police to get all (relevant) information and get them (the victims) released to return to their families,“ he said.Referring to a past parliamentary reply from the Home Ministry, she said there is no need for the government to set up 14 offices under the Malaysian Internet Crimes Against Children (MICAC) nationwide.“Make no mistake, while these measures entail some inconvenience, they are important to protect the interests of customers,” Nor Shamsiah said at the launch of the financial crime exhibition today.Instead she suggested a more streamlined reporting system linking the MICAC headquarters to each state and even district police station.Lim then asked Saravanan the point of increasing approvals for up to 400,000 migrant workers when the foreigners were not allowed to enter the country.

"What the government needs to do is employ more staff who are true experts in online wizardry to hack, break, monitor and stalk child sexual crime offenders online or in the dark web instead of setting up another office in each state,” Kasthuri suggested.She also suggested the D11 investigators provide a briefing in Parliament to MPs next week so they can “all be part of the solution instead of the problem”.She added that cooperation from telecommunication companies and tech platforms will also be key to filling any loopholes that can be exploited by the scammers.She hoped that D11 principal assistant director Assistant Commissioner Siti Kamsiah Hassan who yesterday disclosed the number of sexual crimes reported since 2020 would be able to provide further information on the number of arrests, charges in court, convictions as well as discharges not amounting to acquittals, and acquittals.Yesterday, Siti Kamsiah said that D11 received 24 reports on sexual crimes in 2020, 35 reports last year and this year a total of 11 reports were received between January and April.The senior police officer also said that almost 60 percent of victims of sexual crimes in Malaysia were children.Since 2019, various countermeasures for financial scams have been put in place including a migration away from using SMS to notify customers of banking activities, removal of hyperlinks in emails and SMS, and blacklisting of accounts for suspicious banking activities.“The severe worker shortage has incurred losses of RM33.

“When conviction rates are low, there is a great distrust of society in the system and the system must be fixed,” Kasthuri said.Advertisement.

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