Sportswear retailer sacks supervisor for barring Muslims from prayer

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — JD Sports Malaysia said a Pavilion outlet supervisor acted wrongly in barring Muslim employees from prayers and has been fired.

In a message posted on Instagram, the sportswear retailer insisted that the incident was isolated and not part of a larger company guideline.

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Malaysia Before Malaysia Lecture #5: Remember Who We Are – The Journey to Preserve Kristang

Kristang_StephaniePillaiIn spite of recognizing the many dimensions of multiracialism and multilingualism in Malaysia, there have been often times that some especially indigenous and hybrid communities get overlooked in the conception of our plural society. We know how to say, “Selamat pagi”, “Vanakam” or even “Ni hao ma?” but has it ever crossed our minds how do we say “Hello, how are you?” in Kristang, a Portuguese Creole spoken by the Malaccan minority community known as Serani.

Spoken mostly in the Portuguese settlement in Malacca, Kristang has a rich history, dating back to before the name Malacca was officially recognised. However, due to dislocation and urbanization, the number of speakers of the language are facing a decline.

What does it take to keep a language alive for posterity? Why does it even matter in the first place? Language plays a crucial role in carrying discourses that are unique to an ethnic group, especially its culture and community values. Without the language of the heart, the soul of an identity ceases to exist.

In the fifth part of our Malaysia Before Malaysia Lecture Series, Associate Professor Dr Stefanie Pillai will talk about her journey of initiating an effort to document the endangered language of Kristang, upon receiving a grant from the Endangered Languages Programme by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Details of event are as follow:
Date: Saturday, 20th August 2016
Time: 10.45am – 1.00pm
Venue: MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB, Jalan Pantai Baharu (A-3-8 Pantai Business Park), 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Admission is free and open to all. Donations are encouraged. Directions to the venue are available at

This lecture is part of the Malaysia Before Malaysia series, brought to you by Imagined Malaysia and MCCHR.

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No excuses for nixing human rights standards

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s rights activist Ivy Josiah today denounced those who cite cultural and religious rules for rejecting international human rights standards.

She said governments had no choice but to say “yes” to Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw).

“The article deals with how a state or government must address stereotyping and prejudices because of culture,” she pointed out. “It must do all in its power to change that mindset. One might say it will take a long time to do that, or that I’m not going to do that ever because it’s part of my culture and religion. No. Religion and culture cannot be used as an excuse to violate someone’s rights.” Read more

People’s Merdeka Exhibition

11898606_10153483317429178_1291906421456890625_nAll are welcome to Malaysian Heritage and History Club’s – People’s Merdeka Exhibition – 5th to 6th September 2015 @ Badan Warisan , No 2 , Jalan Stonor Kuala Lumpur.

This will be their first exhibition and true to our tradition all will be self funded . There will be NO speeches , NO opening ceremony , NO VIPs , Only regular Malaysian people.

Mohd Faiz- Merdeka Memorabilias
Sabine Ferrão – Portuguese Settlements
Nada Rajan Raja – Chitty Melaka
Victor Chin – Rakan Mantin
Mohd Radzi JamaludinRadzi Jamaludin – Kuala Lumpur , Now and Then
Kim Sin LeeSin Lee – Kajang Impression
Zafrani Arifin – Kelantan History of WW2
Lim Tze Tshen Ah Tshen – Museum & Prehistoric Fossils : AR Wallace
Mariana Isa – ‘The Trilby Touch’ – Buildings by AB Hubback
Mahen BalaBala – Jalan Jalan Malaysia
Rachel LokeLoke and Friends – Memorabilia and Traditional Games
Ezrena MarwanMarwan – Malaysia Design Archive
Alwee Bonny Wee – Peranakan of Malacca ( 5th Sept )
Serge Jardin – Malacca Style (6th Sept )
Dennis De Witt – Heritage Books ( 6th Sept )

Day 1 Saturday 5th September 2015

12:00 pm Play KL Homeschoolers – The Route to Independence
1:30 pm Talk – Lim Tze Tshen – Malaysian Apes and Monkeys
3:00 PM Talk – Razak Bahrom – A King For Malaya
4:00 pm Workshop Rachel Loke and Friends – Malaysian Traditional Games
5:30 pm MBRAS Talk Rebecca Kennison – Force 136 and the Malay Resistance

Day 2 Sunday 6th September 2015

12:00 pm Talk Dr Lai Chee Kien – Building Merdeka
1:30 pm Talk Hanafi HanafinoorHanafinoor – Heritage Photography
3:00 pm Talk Saidah Rastam – Jangan Putih Mata and Other Songs
4:00 pm Workshop Joget Lambak – Nada Rajan Raja
11:00 am and 4 pm Sat /Sun Guided Tour Badan Warisan – Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman