The offense of stalking can be punished with three years in prison and a fine

An individual convicted of stalking can be sentenced to three years in prison, a fine, or both.

Quoting the Berita Harian Report, this provision is enshrined in the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2022 (Law 574), which aims to make stalking a crime, as well as the inclusion of a new section 507A in Law 574 to provide for the offense.

The bill was submitted for first reading by the Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Mas Ermiyati Samsudin, at the Diwan of Rakyat, today.

According to the Blue Text circulating in Parliament, the offense of stalking includes doing the following; communicate or attempt to communicate in any way; Lounging around someone’s residence or workplace and giving or sending anything to someone in any way.

“Any person who repeatedly performs any act of harassing, with intent to cause or knows or ought to know that such act may cause, annoy, frighten or worry about the safety of that person, has already committed the offense of stalking.

According to the blue document, “Anyone found guilty of the ambush will be sentenced to up to three years in prison or a fine or both.”

Under Section 507a, redundancy refers to at least two acts.

Clause 1 of the bill also contains a brief title and is intended to give the Minister the authority to determine the start date of the proposed law.

Mas Ermiati also presented the first reading of the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) to Bill (No. 2) 2022 (Law 593), which aims to include a new Chapter XA in Law 593.

The court, upon request, is supposed to be given the power to issue protection orders against individuals under investigation or accused of stalking under new Section 507A of the Penal Code.

The second reading of the two bills will be presented at the next session.

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