The long-awaited Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill has reached the Dewan Rakyat for the first reading this morning.
Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Yusoff tabled the bill in Parliament, saying in a press conference later that the law is an important manifestation of how sexual harassment is a violation of human rights in the form of gender-based violence.
To draft this bill, the ministry had established a special projects team comprising government agencies, academicians, and non-government organisations that have the expertise, knowledge and experience concerning issues involving sexual harassment.
The bill provides the tribunal with the jurisdiction to hear and determine the sexual harassment complaints made by any individual.
The tribunal also has the authority to order the respondent to issue a statement of apology to the complainant in whatever way as…