World Health Day: Lessons from Malaysia on universal health coverage — Jacqueline Lo and Pascale A. Allotey

Source: The Malay Mail Online

By Dr Jacqueline Lo Ying-Ru and Professor Pascale A. Allotey

APRIL 6 — The right to health is fundamental, universal and irrevocable. Individuals, their families and their communities should not have to die or face extreme poverty due to health care costs.

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7, and 2018 marks the 70th birthday of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This year’s theme is universal health coverage (UHC) — the belief that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

It includes the full spectrum of services needed throughout life—from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care—and is best based on a strong primary health care system.

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Drive to end child sexual crimes gets global nod

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: The story of Malaysia’s war against child sexual crimes has gained worldwide recognition, thanks to a global report by Unicef.

Its annual State of the World’s Children (SOWC) flagship report highlighted R.AGE’s Predator In My Phone campaign and the Government passing new laws against child sexual crimes last year.

“It’s not common to see government agencies, NGOs, celebrities and the media coming together for the same goal, but we saw that in Malaysia last year,” said Unicef Malaysia chief of communications Laurent Duvillier.

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Malaysia a ‘living hell’ for refugees, says report

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia cannot be considered a haven for refugees despite the government’s recent pledge to take in thousands of people fleeing the war in Syria, a US-based news portal reports.

In fact, Malaysia is a “living hell” for refugees, according to the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI).

“Based on my experience, I don’t think and I will never think that Malaysia is a good place for refugees,” MSRI counsellor Ronald Sutedja was quoted as saying by News Deeply.

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Less government intervention, more resources for schools to tackle bullying

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Educators insist it is unnecessary for the government to directly tackle bullying, and that schools should instead be provided the necessary resources to address the matter.

In a report on school bullying by the National Human Rights Society (Hakam), education experts and NGOs fear this could result in government overreach.

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Verbal, social bullying more common in Malaysia… with lasting effects

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Verbal and social bullying has become more common than physical bullying in Malaysia, with greater long-term damage to victims, according to a recent report by the National Human Rights Society (Hakam).

In the Hakam report on Malaysian school bullying released last month, contributing expert and HELP University psychologist on bullying Goh Chee Leong said that statistics by the Education Ministry have shown that over 14,000 school bullying cases occurred between 2012 and 2015.

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How can we protect children from bullying in schools?

HAKAM’s recently released report on bullying in Malaysian schools has revealed that bullying is widespread, with more than 14,000 cases taking place between 2012 and 2015. The majority of cases involved physical bullying, but cases of cyberbullying, verbal bullying and social bullying were also prevalent.

The report found that bullying is having an alarming effect on the mental health of young Malaysians, including lowered self-esteem, depression, and even suicide. It is clear that action must be taken to address this problem and protect the rights of children.

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HAKAM releases Report on Bullying in Malaysian Schools




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Bullying in our schools has reached alarming proportions. The problem needs to be addressed urgently. Its consequences are serious – especially on young children and adolescents. It can scar a life and lead sometimes to even worst end-results – such as depression, mental health problems and even suicides. It is a grave human rights issue.

With this in mind, HAKAM undertook a study of the problem. It dealt with the following issues:

  • The prevalence of bullying in Malaysian schools;
  • The forms of bullying;
  • The responses to bullying by various stakeholders; and
  • The possible best means of tackling this problem.

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PM to launch National Human Rights Action Plan in March – Azalina

Source: Malaysiakini

The government is set to launch the much-awaited National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) in March this year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said today.

Speaking at her annual address to the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU) in Putrajaya, Azalina thanked the division for its achievements in 2017 and anticipated that the launch of the NHRAP would be another milestone.

“Prime Minister (Najib Abdul Razak) will launch the National Human Rights Action Plan and my target is either early March or the end of February.

“The setting up of this National Human Rights Action Plan will be a success, as we know this is the PM’s legacy.

“(This is) so that the rakyat will understand that human rights issues are very important in our country,” she said as she addressed members of the 13 agencies parked under the division.

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Sabah police rubbish report on child warriors

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police commissioner Ramli Din has dismissed a report that stateless children born in Sabah had left and joined thousands of “child warriors” during the Marawi war in southern Philippines last year.

The report, by the Manila Times, had cited an unnamed source as saying that “some Sabah-born stateless Muslim children of Filipino descent returned to the Philippines through the porous borders of Mindanao” and fought in Marawi.

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Woman remanded for insulting Terengganu MB on Facebook

Source: The Star

KUALA TERENGGANU: A woman was arrested after she allegedly insulted Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman on social media.

It is learned that the 45-year-old contractor had put up the derogatory comment on a Facebook Group called Gabungan Anak Terengganu.

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