Experts: Proposed Act requires careful study and clear definition

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: The Government should not rush the proposed fake news Act without studying it carefully and clearly defining what is considered illegal, lawyers and academicians said.

Prof Dr Mansor Mohd Noor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) said the term “fake news” is very broad and in drafting such a law, the Government must clearly define what it wants to make illegal.

In Malaysia’s case, he added, it is not really the fake news that is damaging, but its effects on ethnic and religious harmony. Read more

Appeal to advance women’s rights in Malaysia — Suhakam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

MARCH 7 — On International Women’s Day 2018, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) would like to reiterate that the government take concrete steps to advance fully women’s rights in Malaysia and to treat gender mainstreaming as a matter of national priority, which the government delegation indicated is not the situation during Malaysia’s recent review by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw), despite gender equality being a key component of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Although considerable progress has been made in improving the situation of women in Malaysia, developments have been uneven, and there have also been many setbacks. Making matters worse was Malaysia’s poor performance during the review by the committee composed of 23 experts, including Muslim experts on women’s issues.

Malaysia faced a barrage of challenging questions which it failed to adequately address, and this in Suhakam’s view is an indication that Malaysia is clearly out of step with internationally accepted norms in regard to women’s rights and non-discrimination. Read more

Wanted in India, Naik set to rebuild empire in friendly Malaysia

Source: Free Malaysia Today

After evading authorities in India, the controversial preacher has made a lakeside condominium in Putrajaya his new base, where he meets like-minded prominent individuals.

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Zakir Naik is hounded by his fans after Friday prayers at the Putrajaya mosque.

PUTRAJAYA: Friday prayers at the Putrajaya mosque have just ended. As worshippers rush to beat the fast building traffic congestion outside, a small crowd begins to gather at the back row of the main prayer hall.

The excitement at the end of the weekly congregation here is almost a ritual now. Their focus is Zakir Naik, India’s most controversial Muslim preacher.

Naik is wanted in different ways in India and Malaysia.

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Let there be no coercion in religion — Joe Samad

Source: The Malaysian Insight

BY JOE SAMAD

THE ugly incident at the Sarawak Federal Court hearing on the apostasy case where several Muslims heckled Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuching and shouted “Allahuakbar” was a wake-up call for Sarawakians.

There could have been ugly scenes if not for peaceful Muslims brothers and police who protected the Archbishop from harm.

The Federal Court ruled on February 27 that the Sarawak Shari’ah Court has jurisdiction over the bid by four Sarawakians to leave Islam and to be officially recognised as Christians. The four had named the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department, MAIS, the National Registration Department (NRD) and the state government as respondents.

The behaviour of the group who tried to intimidate the Archbishop shows an intolerant Islam has reared its ugly head in East Malaysia. Some Sarawakians I met said it was just a matter of time. Read more