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masthead Daily Express, Kota Kinabalu, 9 December 2001

Rotan even for first timers

Kota Baru: Immigration laws will be amended to provide for whipping of foreigners convicted of entering the country illegally, even for the first time.

"Currently, only illegals who sneak in a second time are liable to be whipped," Immigration Director-General Datuk Mohd Jamal Kamdi said Saturday.

He said the proposed amendments to the Immigration Act and Immigration Regulations to provide for this would be tabled in Parliament in March next year.

The draft of the amendments had been approved by the Home Ministry, he told reporters after attending the Ministry's Strategic Meeting 2002 here.

Under Section 36 of the Immigration Act, anyone convicted of illegally entering the country again after being deported can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed a maximum five years and is liable to be whipped up to six strokes of the rotan.

Mohd Jamal said the whipping penalty for first offenders was to serve as a deterrent.

Mohd Jamal also said an immigration depot would be built in Ajil, Terengganu, to bring to 13 the number of detention centres for illegal immigrants.

He also said the department had taken various measures to meet the government's target of deporting illegals within two weeks of their entering immigration depots.

"We will try to send them back according to the charter, that is within two weeks. We have taken certain strategies, like increasing the number of contractors and asking help from other agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Navy," he said.

Mohd Jamal said he was still waiting for a full report on the rioting and burning of four blocks of buildings by illegal immigrants at the Pekan Nenas detention centre in Johor on Tuesday. - Bernama

Copyright Daily Express, Sabah, Malaysia

Independent Newspapers, South Africa, 11 December 2001

Castrate sex offenders, says Malaysian judge

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian high court judge has called for a law allowing for the castration of those convicted of sexual offences against minors, a report said Tuesday. Judge RK Nathan said whipping should also be allowed for offenders aged 50 and above, the Star newspaper reported. The judge, from the northern state of Penang, made the comments when dismissing an appeal by a 58-year old man convicted of having sexual intercourse with an underaged girl. The man was sentenced to five years in jail and fined 5 000 ringgit (about R15 000). - Sapa-AFP

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