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Tabling of Sexual Harassment Bill postponed

Feb 11, 2019


The government still expects to table the Sexual Harassment Bill this year.

The bill was supposed to be tabled in the next parliamentary session, which starts next month. 

However, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry says it's been postponed, as it is still examining a just-completed feasibility study on the bill. 

Its Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh says it's necessary, to make sure that the proposed Act is comprehensive and covers a wide scope.

Earlier, the Ministry said that the bill will cover harassment in all spaces, including the workplace, universities and public spaces.

The bill also hopes to speed up the investigation process of harassment cases, in order reduce the trauma faced by victims. 

Besides next month's sitting, Parliament will also be in session in July, and from October to December. 

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Court of Appeal allows Najib to postpone SRC trial

The first trial involving Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will not take place tomorrow after all.

This, after the Court of Appeal allowed the former Prime Minister's application to delay the hearing, over a technicality. 

Najib was due to go on trial tomorrow on seven charges involving RM42 mil in funds belonging to SRC International.

In all he is facing 42 charges linked to the 1MDB scandal.

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Certain outlets can apply to be no-smoking zones

Businesses that are not currently covered by the new smoking ban can ask to be officially declared no-smoking zones as well. 

The Health Ministry says all they need to do is to make an application under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations.

It adds that so far, over 4,700 warning notices have been issued to food premises and individuals caught violating the new smoking ban.

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Penang Bridge crash: Driver charged

The driver who allegedly crashed into an SUV on the Penang Bridge last month that sent it plunging into the sea has been charged in court.

The 21-year-old pleaded not guilty to causing death by reckless driving.

The Bukit Mertajam Magistrate’s Court fixed March 18th for case mention.


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