Parents, Here’s What You Can Do If Someone Sexual Harasses Your Child At A Theme Park

Source: Malaysian Digest

“Victims must find courage to speak up, lodge complaints and make police reports when sexual harassment occurs. Witnesses especially need to call out, speak out and act when we see harassment taking place. Taking pictures or video of the unacceptable behaviour is one way. Communities need to be more caring and less tolerant when it comes to harassment. Harassment is unacceptable and children, especially need to be protected. We can look out for each other. We can start with not victim-blaming and understanding that it takes courage to call out sexual harassment. With movements like #StopStreetHarrassment, #HandsOff, #MeToo and #TimesUp, I hope that the awareness will give courage for victims to call out the harassment and lodge the necessary report to the authorities.”– Robyn Choi, HAKAM Secretary-General, in advocating for every Malaysian to act together as a community to curb such incidents from recurring, instead of solely depending on the authorities to act on such matters.

Image taken from Malaysian Digest

Malaysian theme parks came under the spotlight recently after Filipino celebrity Ruffa Gutierrez posted an unfortunate account of sexual harassment her two daughters had faced at a local theme park during their holiday here.

Not only was the Gutierrez-family experience embarrassing for our country as the group of men acted like hooligans at a family-friendly establishment, but when the incident became viral, it also captured international headlines that questioned ‘Are Malaysian theme parks safe?’

While the theme park in question have assured the safety of its guests is of utmost priority and relayed they take the matter seriously, the incident has also served as an eye-opener for other parents to keep watch over their children, despite being in a family-friendly environment. Read more

Online Freedom and the soon-to-be proposed Bill to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) – Robyn Choi

BY ROBYN CHOI
(SECRETARY-GENERAL, HAKAM)

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There are indications that new laws will be introduced in Parliament later this month to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 (CMA). Consultations were said to have taken place between the government departments and agencies. Todate, civil society organisations, especially those involved in looking into freedom of expression in particular media freedom, have not been informed as to the nature of the amendments, let alone consulted.

What has been indicated thus far are that the amendments are likely to be introduced to regulate content online and in respect of requirements for licensing of certain content providers/websites (both local and foreign) especially news content providers, registration of blogs, increased penalties on offences and provisions concerning internet service providers.

If the indicators so far  are correct as to the nature of the CMA Bill, every one will be affected  : a) individually, b)  interest groups like students, researchers, teachers, professional bodies, women’s groups, business networks etc.c) various Malaysian online communities especially dealing with marginalised and fringe minority groups, d) businesses,  those who sell and advertise products and services online, those who invests on online applications and online technology, those who directly invest in content online, and e) internet service providers like TMNET, Maxis, Digi etc.

Let us consider the trend on how our government had regulated online content in the past two years. In the past two years, the government had severely interfered with freedom of speech on the internet through increased blocking of online media sites both local and international, intensified questioning and/or arresting of activists, journalists, lawyers and cartoonists over online activities and the passing of a series of tougher laws with stiffer penalties dealing with online expression.   Last year alone no less than 1,263 have been blocked – 632 websites based on the application of local law enforcement agencies, while 631 websites were blocked for offences under the CMA. We have been told that from January to February 2016, a further 399 websites have been blocked, and 22 persons called in for questioning by the Multimedia Communications Commission Malaysia (MCMC).

According to Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, among the 399 websites blocked in January & February include online gambling, scams, prostitution, and websites that contain obscene, lewd, false content and others.  While we may agree that websites offering  vice ought to be blocked, what about the non-vice  websites that have been blocked? Read more

Kanak-kanak: Jelas Kelihatan Tetapi Usah Didengar? – Robyn Choi

Terbitan Istimewa HAKAM sempena sambutan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia 2015
#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

JANGAN LUPA, KANAK-KANAK KITA JUGA MEMPUNYAI HAK-HAK ASASI

Karangan ROBYN CHOI

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“Kanak-kanak tidak perlu didengari, jika dilihat cukup”…. “Siapa memberi kamu kuasa untuk menjadi boss saya?”… “Jika dirumah saya dan dibawah jagaan saya, peraturan saya yang mesti diikuti”… “Tetapi saya mempunyai hak juga”…. “Sudah pasti ditampar oleh atuk dan nenek kamu jika saya biadap seperti mu”.

Kanak-kanak sering dianggap “insan kecil”. Adakah kita menganggap kanak-kanak sebagai seorang individu yang mempunyai hak asasi manusia yang sepenuhnya, tiada bezanya dengan insan dewasa?

Ya, seharusnya begitu.

Hak asasi manusia diberikan kepada semua insan, yang bererti kanak-kanak mempunyai hak asasi manusia yang sama seperti orang dewasa. Hak dan kebebasan asasi yang termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan kita berhak dinikmati oleh semua rakyat, dan ini termasuk kanak-kanak.

Kecuali, kanak-kanak menerima hak tambahan kerana mereka istimewa. Read more

Children: Seen and not heard – Robyn Choi

EXCLUSIVE, published in collaboration with MMO
>> Read original article in Bahasa Malaysia 

BY ROBYN CHOI

OPINION, Dec 15 ― “Children are meant to be seen, not heard”…”Who made you the boss of me?” …”Under my roof, it is only my rules”… “ But I have rights! “Your grandparents would have given me two tight slaps if I had a smart mouth like yours”.

A child is often seen as a “little human being”.

Do we regard a child as an individual with full human rights, no different to an adult human?

We should.

Human rights apply to everyone, which means children have the same human rights as adults. The fundamental rights and liberties enshrined in our Federal Constitution are accorded to all citizens, and that includes children.

Except that children get additional rights because they are special. Read more

Demi Kepentingan Keselamatan Negara – Robyn Choi

Terbitan Istimewa HAKAM sempena sambutan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia 2015
#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

DEMI KEPENTINGAN KESELAMATAN NEGARA
(Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015)

Karangan ROBYN CHOI

Kerajaan bertanggungjawab pada setiap masa untuk menegakkan dan mempertahankan hak-hak rakyat untuk keadilan, kesaksamaan, kebebasan dan maruah,” – Raja Aziz Addruse

Berita Terkini:
1 Disember 2015: Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 – DR 38/2015 (“RUU – MKN 2015”) dibentangkan di Parlimen
3 Disember 2015: RUU – MKN 2015 diluluskan oleh Dewan Rakyat pada jam 10.55 malam.
3 Disember 2015: Perdana Menteri (PM) dan seorang menteri cabinet menafikan terdapatnya apa-apa kebimbangan keselamatan, malah Ketua Polis Negara juga mengesahkan yang keadaan dalam negeri Malaysia cukup selamat untuk bermain tuan rumah kepada satu pertandingan skuasy antarabangsa. Read more

In the interest of national security – Robyn Choi

EXCLUSIVE, published in collaboration with MMO
>> Read original article in Bahasa Malaysia 

BY ROBYN CHOI

The NSC Bill was passed last Thursday in the Dewan Rakyat by a vote of 107 for and 74 against. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

The NSC Bill was passed last Thursday in the Dewan Rakyat by a vote of 107 for and 74 against. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

OPINION, Dec 10 — After the National Security Council (NSC) Bill was tabled, it was met with condemnation by civil society especial human rights groups, the Malaysian Bar Council and many netizens.

The NSC Bill was said to be insidious, unconstitutional and violates human rights, a “tool for repression”, “an assault on democracy” and “an abuse of human rights”.

Against the backdrop of recent events relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the “RM2.6 billion donation”, exacerbated by the prosecution of critics and whistleblowers, there is fear that the NSC Bill will establish a “dictatorship rule” or a “police state.” Read more