Ministry matters

Sarawak Ministry Supports Second Tabling of AGS 2021 in Parliament

Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING (July 20): The Ministry of Women’s Development, Childhood and Community Welfare is supporting the second tabling of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill 2021 (AGS 2021) and debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

Her minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said that as it mainly happens to women, the bill can help prevent it from happening to women in the workplace.

“We welcome this, because violence against women can occur not only at home but also at work.

“We should support it, but first it needs to pass through parliament because it ensures the well-being not only of women but also of the family and the community,” she said when meeting afterward. the launch of domestic violence first aid training for frontliners here. today.

Similar to domestic violence, Fatimah said female victims preferred to keep the abuse to themselves because of shame, stigma and fear that other people would not believe them.

“Violence against women can include mental abuse of workers in the workplace or sexual harassment in the workplace, and these women are afraid to report it,” she said.

The Bill provides for a right of appeal for anyone who experiences sexual harassment, the establishment of the Sexual Harassment Tribunal, the promotion of sexual harassment awareness and provides for related matters.

While tabling the bill, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said the AGS 2021 gives the court the power to make a decision, including a order that the defendants issue a statement of apology to the plaintiff.

The court may also order the defendants to pay compensation or damages not exceeding RM250,000 for any loss or damage suffered by the plaintiffs.