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CRC Webinar Series on Protecting Children | Serie #6: Bullying - Is There a Need for an Anti-Bullying Act?
Presenters : DSP Saroja Egamparam, Dr Bahma Sivasubramaniam, Kasthuri Krishnan & Santhi Balachandran
Posted in : Child Rights
CPD Activity (1.0 credit)
    
About the Course
This webinar will cover the following aspects:
- Definitions of ‘bullying’ and ‘cyberbullying’;
- The causes and effects of bullying;
- Malaysia’s current laws on bullying;
- The effectiveness and adequacy of these laws;
- Recommendations and proposals to curb bullying; and
- Consideration of the need for an “Anti-Bullying Act”.
Instructions
Upon viewing the videos and completing the quiz in this course, you will be given 1 CPD point.

About the Presenters

DSP Saroja Egamparam hails from Penang and has been serving in the Royal Malaysia Police Force (Polis Diraja Malaysia, “PDRM”) since 1987. With 33 years of experience in the police force, DSP Saroja also previously served in the Special Branch Division from 1993 to 2000, and was attached to the Serious Crime Division (D9) at the Negeri Sembilan Contingent Police Headquarters from 2012 to 2015. She had previously served as the Head of the Child Investigation Unit of the Sexual, Women and Child Abuse Investigation Division (D11) of the PDRM Criminal Investigation Department (“CID”) in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur. Currently, she is serving with the Crime Scene Investigation (“CSI”) Unit in the CID’s Forensic Laboratory. She possesses a Master’s degree in Law from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (“UKM”).
Dr Bahma Sivasubramaniam obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of London, Master of Laws (majoring in Public International Law) from King’s College London, and her doctorate in International Criminal Law and Human Rights from the University of Durham, UK. She is also a recipient of the following scholarships: International Bar Association Conference (Australia) (1996), British High Commission Chevening Awards (1999), and English-Speaking Union Conference (Oxford) (2001). She is the Project Leader on a project entitled “The Need for an Establishment of an Anti-Cyberbullying Legislation for Malaysia” with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. Dr Bahma has also spoken on the subject of bullying at events and training sessions, such as: “Cyberbullying: Time to Tackle the Bullies” with the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee in 2020, and the recent “Cyberbullying in Malaysia” at a seminar conducted by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the Malaysian Commission for Multimedia and Communications in 2021.
Kasthuri Krishnan established the firm Kasthuri Basir Shah & Partners. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1999. Her areas of practice are child rights, child adoption and custody, and civil rights litigation, among others. She is also a trainer for chambering students with the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee on matters of domestic violence and family law. Kasthuri has also made television and radio appearances to speak on various topics concerning women and children. She also attended the “Training of Trainers: Ethical Representation of Children in Conflict with the Law” programme organised by the UNICEF, and is also actively involved with non-governmental organisations (including doing pro bono legal work as well as counselling child rape and domestic violence victims).
Santhi Balachandran graduated with an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of London (External) in 1995 and completed her Certificate in Legal Practice ("CLP") in 1997. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998 and is now a Partner at Lee & Tengku Azrina. Santhi is experienced in litigation, and her main practice areas include civil litigation and family law (divorce, adoption and custody), among others. Santhi is the Co-Chairperson of the Bar Council Child Rights Committee (“CRC”).