Gay wujud sebelum ‘Beauty and the Beast’ lagi, kata Nazri

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Mac — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz menyelar penangguhan tayangan filem Beauty and the Beast, menyifatkan ia tindakan tidak masuk akal.

Menteri pelancongan dan kebudayaan berkata penonton filem seharusnya diberi pilihan membuat keputusan untuk menonton filem yang digemari.

“Saya rasa ia mengarut. Maksud saya ia sebahagian daripada cerita dan kita tidak perlu menirunya.

“Kita tidak melarang sesebuah filem kerana watak gay.

“Sebelum ini tanpa watak gay dalam Beauty and the Beast, sudah ada golongan itu di dunia. Saya tidak fikir ia akan mempengaruhi sesiapa.

“Kita perlu berfikir. Kita mesti membenarkan penonton untuk membuat keputusan,” katanya.

Filem yang dijadual ditayangkan Khamis ini, di Malaysia ditangguhkan selepas kontroversi watak gay. Read more

Watak gay, Malaysia tangguh tayang ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

PETALING JAYA, 13 Mac — Filem Beauty and the Beast ditangguhkan tayangannya, yang dijadual Khamis ini, di Malaysia selepas kontroversi watak gay.

Pengedarnya Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd berkata penangguhan filem itu untuk “semakan dalaman”, lapor portal Star Online petang ini.

Tiada penjelasan lanjut diberikan berhubung penangguhan itu dan tarikh baru tayangan filem klasik Walt Disney itu tidak dapat dipastikan.

Semakan terkini jadual tayangan mendapati filem itu ditarik balik daripada rangkaian panggung-panggung utama negara ini.

Filem itu, bikinan semula animasi Walt Disney pada 1991, dibintangi pelakon popular Emma Watson yang memegang watak Belle dan Luke Evans sebagai Gaston.

Kontroversi timbul apabila watak LeFou, yang dibawa Josh Gad, digambarkan oleh pengarahnya Bill Condon “yang mahu mencium Gaston.”

Orientasi seks watak tersebut hanya terdedah sekelip mata dalam tarian akhir Beauty and the Beast, dan penonton mungkin tidak perasan, lapor The Guardian. Read more

Azalina calls on all MPs to support Child Sexual Offences Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — All Members of Parliament (MPs) have been urged to give their full support to ensure that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 will be tabled and passed during the current meeting of Dewan Rakyat.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Bill was vital as emphasised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes here, earlier today.

“As emphasised by the prime minister, we definitely cannot compromise in the issue of child sexual crimes,” she said in a statement here.

Najib, in his speech at the event, announced that a new bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner would be tabled in the current session of Parliament. Read more

Court: Mais cannot intervene in ‘Allah’ CDs case, no rights over non-Muslims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill’s lawyer Lim Heng Seng (pic) said the High Court had made its decision in accordance with a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill’s lawyer Lim Heng Seng (pic) said the High Court had made its decision in accordance with a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The High Court today ruled that the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) cannot intervene in a Sarawakian Christian’s constitutional challenge over her eight compact discs containing the word “Allah”, as it has no direct interest in the case and has no rights over non-Muslims.

Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill’s lawyer Lim Heng Seng said the High Court had made its decision in accordance with a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal, where the latter had similarly disallowed the Islamic body of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (Maiwp) from intervening in Sabah Sidang Injil Borneo’s (SIB) lawsuit over the government seizure of Christian materials with the word “Allah”.

“Essentially the court went along the same line as the SIB case to say that Mais, just like MAIWP, has got no rights against non-Muslims and no liability to non-Muslims as well, so there’s no grounds for them to be a party to these proceedings,” he told reporters here. Read more

Work to amend Shariah Bill started in 2004, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportKUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The government first began efforts to amend Act 355 or the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 way back in 2004, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said today.

“With regards to government’s efforts to amend Act 355, actually the suggestion to amend Act 355 started as early as 2004, and the government had put continuous efforts for it,” Jamil Khir said in a parliamentary reply to PAS’ Kubang Kerian MP Ahmd Baihaki Atiqullah.

“Several suggestions for amendments were made and it was also tabled in the 18th Shariah and Civil Law Coordination Meeting in 2008.

“Thereafter, from time to time to date, all efforts are being continuously done to amend Bill 355, to ensure that the amendments are in line with the structure of the Federal Constitution,” he added.

Ahmad Baihaki had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to state his reasons as to why the government itself has not taken any initiative to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 when the motive has already garnered unwavering support from Muslims in Malaysia, including supporters of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. Read more

Conflicting data on custodial deaths in Malaysia — Ganeshwaran Kana

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY GANESHWARAN KANA

dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportMARCH 13 — It is highly imperative for the ministers and government officials to be careful in releasing important facts and figures, especially in relation to any information that only the government is privy to.

However, here in Malaysia, the lackadaisical attitude in ensuring the trustworthiness of such data, is inevitably worrying.

On Monday, via a written reply to DAP MP Kasthuri Patto, Home Affairs minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed that there have been 1,654 custodial deaths in Malaysia, since 2010 until February this year.

This essentially means that on average, there have been approximately 19 custodial deaths every single month since 2010. Read more

Protest is not new to civil society in Malaysia — Ivy Josiah

Source: The Star2

BY IVY JOSIAH
(HAKAM EXCO Member)

Led by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, women and men from various non-governmental organisations and political parties gathered in front of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry yesterday to protest against the sexist remarks made by Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin and Jasin MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof against Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan. They called for the suspension of both MPs and demanded they apologise for offending all women. The protestors include those from Parti Sosialis Malaysia, representatives from the womens wing of MCA, PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Womens Aid Organisation, Sisters In Islam and Women Development Collective. Photo: The Star

Led by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, women and men from various non-governmental organisations and political parties gathered in front of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry yesterday to protest against the sexist remarks made by Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin and Jasin MP Datuk Mohd Said Yusof against Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan. They called for the suspension of both MPs and demanded they apologise for offending all women. The protestors include those from Parti Sosialis Malaysia, representatives from the womens wing of MCA, PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Womens Aid Organisation, Sisters In Islam and Women Development Collective. Photo: The Star

It was Malcom X who said “So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”

Last week, women did just that to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), a Global Women’s Strike in 46 countries; ranging from stopping work or housework to withdrawing sex to organising demonstrations, pickets and marches.

The Global Women’s Strike was organised by the International Women’s Strike (IWS), a grassroots movement established in late 2016 by women from different parts of the world as a response to the current social, legal, political, moral and verbal violence experienced by women at various levels. One in three women experience physical or sexual violence; we should not accept this statistic as the inevitable.

In the words of the Australia Women on Strike, “As aware citizens, we, the women, know the world is going through a crisis phase, but we don’t accept being victims of it. Take care, governing powers in our countries: be mature and address the problems of the world in direct, peaceful ways, with no harm to us.”

It is no coincidence that the herstory of IWD itself is rooted in a march by women workers in New York who took to the streets in 1908 demanding voting rights and protesting against dangerous working conditions, child labour and low wages.

So, what has been the Malaysian women’s experience with protest?

Feminist historians pay homage to the women participating in Malaya’s anti-colonial movement in the 1940s. Women in the Angkatan Wanita Sedar (Conscious Women’s Front) and Kaum Ibu Umno stood with men making fiery speeches during demonstrations against colonial rule. Protest is not new to civil society in Malaysia.

Activists resort to protest when other advocacy strategies fail, or to further throw light on an issue. Read more

PM says new law to address child sexual crimes

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — A Bill to specially address child sexual crimes in a holistic and comprehensive manner is to be tabled in the current session of Parliament, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He said it was hoped that the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 would receive the support of all MPs because it was the responsibility of all parties regardless of political affiliation.

“The Bill should not be opposed by any political party,” he said in his speech opening a seminar on addressing child sexual crimes, at the Putra World Trade Centre, here today.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi; Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor who is Permata patron; Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Indonesia’s fifth president Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Najib said the government planned to establish a special court to hear child sexual crime cases.

The Prime Minister said the Special Criminal Court would be different from the existing Children’s Court which only handled cases where the criminal offenders were children.

He also said that the government would not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse of children and would strive to eliminate these heinous crimes. Read more

MAS slaps ex-Goldman banker with prohibition order for 1MDB-related breaches; to issue POs against three others

Source: New Strait Times

MAS has issued a 10-year prohibition order against Tim Leissner (top left), and said it is seeking prohibition orders against (clockwise, from top right) Jens Sturzenegger, Yak Yew Chee and Yvonne Seah Yew Foong.Photos by Wireimage, Wong Kwai Chow, Chew Seng Kim, Kevin Lim from NST.

MAS has issued a 10-year prohibition order against Tim Leissner (top left), and said it is seeking prohibition orders against (clockwise, from top right) Jens Sturzenegger, Yak Yew Chee and Yvonne Seah Yew Foong.Photos by Wireimage, Wong Kwai Chow, Chew Seng Kim, Kevin Lim from NST.

SINGAPORE – The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it has issued a 10-year prohibition order against Tim Leissner, a former director of Goldman Sachs (Singapore), with immediate effect.

During that period, Leissner will be prohibited from performing any regulated activity under the Securities and Futures Act and taking part, directly or indirectly, in the management of any capital market services firm in Singapore.

MAS has also served notice of its intention to issue prohibition orders against three individuals who were investigated by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on 1MDB-related matters, and consequently convicted in Singapore. Read more

ASEAN Members Should Develop Baseline Of Jurisprudence To Strength Ahrd – CJ

Source: Bernama

Tun Arifin Zakari - Pic from Bernama.

Tun Arifin Zakari – Pic from Bernama.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) — Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria has urged ASEAN members to develop a baseline of jurisprudence if the grouping is serious in its aim to strength the implementation of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD).

He said that development should be commonly acknowledged and accepted by ASEAN Member States (AMS) to ensure uniformity in the application of the AHRD.

“While the AHRD has been in existence for almost five years now, there is a dearth of commentaries or jurisprudential articles to explain how the rights stated therein, are to be interpreted or implemented,” he added.

Arifin was making his opening statement at the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR) Judicial Colloquium On The Sharing of Good Practices Regarding International Human Rights held at a hotel here today.

He said in order for the AHRD to be useful to ASEAN peoples, it was time the relevant ASEAN bodies such as AICHR led the way in guiding the region. Read more