Arau MP, Shahidan Kassim, who was given a DNAA for sexual assault on a 15 year-old girl, is on the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on Women, Children Affairs and Social Development!

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Shahidan Kassim, Ex Perlis MB and ex Federal Minister, for sexual assault of a 15 year old girl: Granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal…
Posted on October 29, 2018

The Arau MP, Shahidan Kassim, and formerly Mentri Besar of Perlis, Shahidan Kassim, who was on trial for allegedly molesting a teenager, was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal,

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FMT Reporters -January 14, 2021 3:00 PM

PETALING JAYA: Two rights groups have protested against the appointment of Arau MP Shahidan Kassim as a member of the parliamentary special select committee on women, children affairs and social development, even as its chairman distanced herself from the choice of members.

In a joint statement, StandUp Malaysia and Monsters Among Us pointed out that Shahidan has not been cleared after being charged in a child molest case in 2019. He was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

“This committee’s duty is to protect the rights of women and children in Malaysia, and we discourage any member who has been accused of sexual offences to be a part of the committee who does not believe in the significance of the parliamentary select committee itself,” they said.

They also urged the committee’s chairman, Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Azalina Othman Said, to explain and justify Shahidan’s appointment.

Others in the committee are Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang (GPS), Kemaman MP Che Alias Hamid (PAS), Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh (PAS), Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh (PKR) and Lanang MP Alice Lau (DAP).

When contacted, Azalina, who is the chairman of this special committee, said she had no say on the appointment of MPs into select committees which is done by the Speaker’s office with the recommendation of the respective party whips.

“I understand the meeting for the selection with all party representatives was done in the middle of last month.

“The special committee met yesterday for the sole purpose of selecting a chairman. And I was selected. The opposition MPs including Alice Lau did not raise any objection, ” she told FMT.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/01/14/groups-say-no-to-tainted-shahidan-in-panel-for-children-women/

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