What lies ahead for a stateless child in Malaysia?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Stateless children in Malaysia have many different circumstances. Some are abandoned at birth, others are adopted but cannot trace their birth parents, and more are born to a foreign mother who did not register their marriage to their Malaysian spouse. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

Stateless children in Malaysia have many different circumstances. Some are abandoned at birth, others are adopted but cannot trace their birth parents, and more are born to a foreign mother who did not register their marriage to their Malaysian spouse. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Children who are born in Malaysia but fail to get citizenship are thrown into a complex bureaucratic and legal mess, leaving them with an uncertain future that can appear hopeless.

Stateless children in Malaysia have many different circumstances. Some are abandoned at birth, others are adopted but cannot trace their birth parents, and more are born to a foreign mother who did not register their marriage to their Malaysian spouse.

Whatever their scenario, however, these children face an arduous road ahead.

While going to the courts is the most conventional way of challenging the National Registration Department’s refusal to recognise a Malaysia-born child as citizen, failure here sets the child up for a life of uncertainty. Read more

Lecturer: Religious extremism threatens harmony

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims need to stand up for non-Muslims and minority Muslims here if there is to be change.

Prof Dr Syed Farid Alatas said this in his lecture on “The Universality of Human Rights in Harmony with Religions” organised by Suhakam here on Saturday.

“What threatens harmony is religious extremism,” said the Malay­sian who is an Assoc Prof of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

In his lecture, he touched on religious extremism, discussed its impact on harmony and society, the religious spirit of harmony, and suggested that the modern notion of human rights was mostly in line with Islamic traditions.

He rejected the view that Islam was against human rights. Read more

Gobind: Home ministry failed to end custodial deaths

Source: FMT News

DAP MP says inquests have not been able to resolve the problem as deaths in lockups have continued to take place this year. Pic from FMT News.

DAP MP says inquests have not been able to resolve the problem as deaths in lockups have continued to take place this year. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo has taken the Home Ministry to task for failing to fulfil its promise to ensure that no new deaths in custody take place.

He said the ministry had assured that it would ensure such incidents do not recur, but they have been continuing this year.

“From the point of view of law every death in custody should have an inquest. But when inquests are held, they do not resolve the problem,” he said.

“There were assurances that close-circuit television cameras would be installed (in lockups), but the deaths still occur and inquests do not change anything,” he added when debating the Royal Address in the Dewan Rakyat today.

“The ministry has failed because it had promised that this issue will not happen again.”

Gobind added that people are unconvinced when the police conduct investigations on deaths allegedly perpetrated by their own officers.

He said to address this issue, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) should be given the power to lay charges and prosecute. Read more

Demolition of Orang Asli homes in Sabah condemned

Source: FMT News

JOAS calls on Forestry Department to stop evicting tribespeople across Malaysia and to engage constructively with the indigenous people struggling to protect their traditional homes in the forests. Pic from FMT News.

JOAS calls on Forestry Department to stop evicting tribespeople across Malaysia and to engage constructively with the indigenous people struggling to protect their traditional homes in the forests. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) has called on the Forestry Department to engage meaningfully with indigenous communities across Malaysia instead of resorting to aggressive measures, such as evicting tribes and blocking efforts to protect traditional lands in forests.

The NGO, which focuses on native welfare in the country, said this in condemning the demolition of houses belonging to the Dusun Kiulu people in Tongod, Sabah, on March 17.

“The Dusun Kiulu community are now left homeless by the brutal act,” Juhaidi Marindal, vice-president of JOAS’ Sabah chapter, said in a statement today.

He said the department had accused the villagers of Kampung Bobotong of encroaching onto forest reserve land.

“The Dusun Kiulu have been living in the area well before the area was gazetted as forest reserve land, and they have planted fruit trees and oil palm in the area to earn a living,” he said. Read more