| Siti Hajar |
THE Attorney General’s Chambers said yesterday His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to amendments to the Penal Code, Chapter 22 and the Royal Property Act, Chapter 23.
The amendments, which took effect on October 7, is in response to not just the monarch’s 30th National Day titah that called on enforcement authorities to address “deplorable acts” related to the law but also a means to address the string of crimes that affect mosques and other places of worship as well as trespassing on royal property.
The Penal Code (Amendment) Order 2014 includes enhanced penalties for theft, mischief, house-trespass and house-breaking which are committed at a protected place or place of worship. These offences are punishable with imprisonment terms that may extend to 10 years and mandatory caning.
Under the amendments to the Trespass on Royal Property (Amendment) Order 2014, offenders can face a minimum of two years and a maximum of seven years behind bars and with caning of not less than two strokes.