Another case of citizenship denied?

Source: Daily Express

Pic taken from Daily Express.

Kota Kinabalu: Barely a fortnight after publicising a similar case – but without getting any response from the State NRD Director despite attempts by Daily Express – a Tenom-born woman claims to have also been denied her right to Malaysian citizenship.

She was only given a MyPR (Permanent Resident status) card, according to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Sabah Office, who referred the matter to Daily Express. Read more

Suhakam hopes centre can be established in a local public university

Source: The Sun Daily

Suhakam Chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam - TRP file pic

Suhakam Chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam – TRP file pic

BANGI: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has expressed hopes that a centre can be established in a local public university to help advocate for human rights in the country.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said that at the moment, there are no such centres in the country, while neighbouring countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have at least one such centre.

“By having such a centre, we can help cultivate interest among our people on human rights.

“Currently, students have to travel to Australia, United Kingdom or America to study courses regarding human rights,” he said.

While noting that establishing such a centre is still in the discussion stage, Hasmy said such a centre could push Malaysia’s standards to be at par with other countries in the field of human rights.

He told reporters this after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Suhakam at the university today. Read more

Secret offshore bank accounts – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

THE rich, the famous, the infamous, the corrupt, politicians, their relatives – a motley crowd indeed. One thing in common: secret offshore bank accounts. Via a Panama law firm – labelled as “a huge money launderer” in January by the prosecutor investigating the sweeping corruption in Brazil.

Now why would anyone want to take the trouble of engaging the services of this law firm – probably at huge cost? Why indeed! Perhaps to avoid the prying taxman, or the zealous regulatory authorities like central banks, anti-corruption agencies, and such like?

The Panama Papers leak has shattered to smithereens the bullet-proof secrecy guarantee given by the Panamian law firm – Mossack Fonseca. The historically biggest ever leak of documents caused the immediate resignation of Iceland’s prime minister – who held such an account together with his wife.

Front-paged are faces of celebrities: footballer Messi, Bollywood’s evergreen Amitabh Bachan. Even our very own are featured: the son of a high politician. He has naturally denied any wrongdoing – supported by a rich chorus of the usual. He opened an account for a short period and then closed it. No business done. No wrongdoing imputed. Other sons and relatives feature prominently, like the son of Ghana’s former president. Read more

Forum: Patriarchy, not religion fuelling oppression of Muslim women in Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Fadiah Nadwa Fikri speaks at a forum titled ‘Maqasid Shariah and Women’s Rights’ in Kuala Lumpur, April 10, 2016. — Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa

Fadiah Nadwa Fikri speaks at a forum titled ‘Maqasid Shariah and Women’s Rights’ in Kuala Lumpur, April 10, 2016. — Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — The root cause behind the oppression of Muslim women in Malaysia lies with patriarchy and how Islam has been used as a tool to control and oppress certain groups in society, panellists at a forum said last night.

In a forum titled “Maqasid Shariah and Women’s Rights”, Bersih 2.0 national representative Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said that Islam in Malaysia has been used in the past as a tool by men to maintain power over women.

Citing Islamist party PAS’s recent reminder to women of their supposed true “functions” as homemakers, the activists said that this was a classic example of how religion is used and interpreted to justify a system which oppresses women.

“This view reinforces patriarchy, it is a system that enables oppression to women.

“Then we have religious teachings that are taught by men and interpreted in their ways,” she told attendees at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall here.   Read more