The efforts in formulating and holding engagement sessions since 2011 for the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill 2021 (AGS 2021) paid off when it was finally passed by Dewan Rakyat today.
It is hoped that AGS 2021 which has four sections, four chapters and 27 clauses would be able to address sexual harassment in Malaysia which does not have dedicated laws on sexual harassment.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister (KPWKM) Datuk Seri Rina Harun when winding the AGS 2021 said the legislation is an important manifestation and proved the commitment of the government in the effort to eradicate discrimination based on gender.
She said an evaluation committee comprising individuals from related non-governmental organisations, academicians and related agencies would be set up to monitor the effectiveness of the law and to issue reports on it.
Rina also assured that tribunal members would be appointed from individuals with credibility, experience and expertise in sexual harassment cases including police officers, counsellors, health officers NGOs and academicians.