Orang Asli authorities continue to coax parents into sending kids to SK Tohoi

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Orang Asli Development Department will continue to persuade parents to send their kids to SK Tohoi despite the fatal runaway incident last year. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 10, 2016.

The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) will continue to persuade the Pos Tohoi Orang Asli community to send their children back to school.

Jakoa director-general Datuk Hasnan Hassan said a total of 74 students had yet to report for school even though it had been a week since the new school session began.

“However, we are thankful the number has increased to 115 students compared to 99 when the session started.

“SK Tohoi has 189 students and most of them live in the villages of Penad, Gawin, Simpor, Sedal, Dangdut, Halak, Rekom and Jader and the distance to school is a problem for them.” Read more

Recall, reissue Sabah MyKad – Tangau

Source: The Borneo Post

10 JANUARY, 2016 — PENAMPANG: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is standing firm on its recommendation that the Government recall and reissue all MyKads issued in Sabah.

Its acting president Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said as far as UPKO was concerned, its proposal was very clear and it had been made known to the public.

“We will continue to say that this is the way to go (recalling and reissuing new MyKad) as it is the way to move forward for the issue. And we are only waiting for the Barisan Nasional (BN) Sabah liaison committee to meet and discuss the proposal,” he said.

Tangau said this when met by reporters after visiting the soon-to-be completed RM500mil International Technology and Commercial Centre here yesterday. Read more

Religious councils cannot intervene, says Sarawakian on ‘Allah’ challenge

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Lawyer Annou Xavier (pic) represents Jill Ireland in her case against Putrajaya on her right to own and use Christian religious materials with the word ‘Allah’. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 9, 2016.

The Federal Territories and Selangor Islamic Religious Councils have no direct interest and are not “proper persons” to intervene on the right of a Sarawakian woman to use the Arabic word “Allah” for “God” in her Christian religious practices.

Jill Ireland, in opposing the application by the councils, said her judicial review before a High Court in Kuala Lumpur only touched on her constitutional right to equality before the law and her freedom to practice her faith.

She said this in affidavits sighted by The Malaysian Insider ahead of the councils’ application to be made parties to the judicial review to be heard this Monday.

She said the Federal Territories Islamic Administration Act 2004 and the Selangor Islamic Administration Enactment 2003 only governed Muslims in those jurisdictions.

“As a non-Muslim, I am not governed by the law even though residing in Kuala Lumpur,” she said in her affidavits. Read more

Government committed to resolve cross-faith child custody cases

Source: The Malay Mail Online

M. Indira Gandhi is pictured at the Court of Appeal, Putrajaya, December 30, 2015. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

M. Indira Gandhi is pictured at the Court of Appeal, Putrajaya, December 30, 2015. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 — A Cabinet minister tasked with looking into the long-standing child custody battle involving M. Indira Gandhi is confident the latest committee would provide solutions in ensuring such cases will be a thing of the past.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said: “We had solutions then (in 2009) and presented it but it did not materialise due to certain issues.

“Now, we have several ideas and even thought of alternatives if our suggestions hit a roadblock. I can’t get into details but we are looking at every aspect, including civil law, religious sensitivities and also consent from the Rulers who are the guardians of Islam.”

Dr Subramaniam, together with Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, are part of a new group that met the attorney-general on Thursday to find ways to resolve the case.

Dr Subramaniam, who is also MIC president, was part of the first group formed in 2009, while Nazri held the post of de facto law minister when the legal dispute involving Indira first started that year. Jamil Khir and Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri was part of a second group tasked to look into the case. Read more