EC rubbishes claim that prosthetic fingers to be used for vote fraud

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The EC gave its assurance that its officials were trained to check for attempts to tamper with the indelible ink as well as prosthetic digits to bypass the safeguard. — Bernama pic

The EC gave its assurance that its officials were trained to check for attempts to tamper with the indelible ink as well as prosthetic digits to bypass the safeguard. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — The Election Commission today rejected a Selangor lawmaker’s claim that artificial fingers will be imported from China to bypass the indelible ink that safeguards against repeat voters.

Describing the allegation as false and baseless, it said its investigations into the claim revealed that the purported evidence cited by the lawmaker was lifted from a blog post on prosthetic digits for former Japanese mobsters.

The article titled “Prosthetic Fingers Help Reform Former Yakuza Members” was published in 2013 on the blog of multimedia news correspondent Akiko Fujita, and contained a photograph of lifelike fingers.

According to the EC, the photograph was also used by some parties in Indonesia to claim that they would be similarly used for voting fraud in elections there.

“Despite this, it has also been cited and used by irresponsible parties here and spread through social media to arouse concern and negative perceptions, to the point of claiming [the fingers] would be brought here for the general election to ensure the victory of a certain party,” it said in a statement. Read more

Women are pushing boundaries to end centuries of oppression

Source: Aliran

download (2)Women want to matter in the decision-making process, in the economy and in places of leadership, says Nalini Elumalai.

“O sisters, O sisters, let’s stand up right now
It’s never too late to start from the start

Sisters, sisters
Sisters, sisters

Wisdom, O wisdom, that’s what we ask for
And yes, my dear sisters, we must learn to ask
Freedom, O freedom, that’s what we fight for
And yes, my dear sisters, we must learn to fight”

By Yoko Ono & John Lennon

On 8 March in conjunction with International Women’s Day, we in Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) extend our unconditional solidarity, support and commitment to all the activists, defenders of the human rights of women and campaigners all around the world from all walks of life who are confronting exploitation, discrimination, racism, corruption and democracy.

We are in solidarity with all who are fighting for a better world, absolute freedom, justice and dignity and we offer salutes to women that are liberating themselves and the world from all forms of oppression. Read more

These groups fight for your rights as a woman

Source: Star 2

Women Centre for Change - Pic from Star 2.

Women Centre for Change – Pic from Star 2.

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate women’s achievements and it takes place on March 8 each year.

This year, Star Media Group is marking the whole month of March as “International Women’s Month”.

Star2.com will be paying tribute to women through our WOW-Women Do Wonders campaign and we want you to join us by sending in stories and pictures of the women in your lives.

Here are some women’s groups in Malaysia that have persisted in their quest to fight for equal rights and address gender discrimination.

Malaysian women did not have to fight for the right to vote but they still face discrimination that needs to be addressed and redressed.

Women’s organisations have played a pivotal role, and have been at the forefront of championing for a more just society, beginning with the formation of the National Council of Women’s Organisations Malaysia in 1962. Read more