G25: Restore original wording in Constitution to end unilateral conversion conflict

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 ― Putrajaya should amend a 14-year-old printer’s mistake in the Federal Constitution that is the root of conflict between the civil and Shariah courts on interfaith child custody disputes, the G25 Muslim group said today.

The group comprising former senior civil servants including members of the judiciary pointed out in a statement that Article 12 (4) of the Federal Constitution, which dealt with a proviso on conversion of minors had been arbitrarily changed in newer editions after 2002, which altered its original meaning.

The group said the original Bahasa Malaysia translation for the Federal Constitution proviso ― which was in English ― had indicated that consent from both parents were required in deciding a child’s religion, but the word “atau” [meaning “or”] was inserted after 2002 that indicated either a mother or a father could decide on their offspring’s faith.

The group further highlighted that the revision was not followed up with the necessary amendment through Parliament.

“In the meantime, we would also urge the Government to rectify the mistake made by the Government Printers in the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Federal Constitution and restore the translation of ‘parent’ to the original ‘ibu bapa’,” G25 said. Read more

Malaysian students lead mass protest demanding 1MDB arrest

Source: Asiancorrespondent

A Malaysian Muslim woman holds up a placard translating "Capture M.O.1" during a rally calling for the arrest of Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur. Pic: AP.

A Malaysian Muslim woman holds up a placard translating “Capture M.O.1” during a rally calling for the arrest of Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur. Pic: AP.

NEARLY a thousand Malaysians led by student protesters took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur yesterday to demand action against an unnamed official at the center of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.

The official known only as “Malaysian Official 1” or “MO1” for short was named in a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit filed last month to seize more than $1 billion (RM4 billion) in assets allegedly bought with money siphoned from 1MDB, a state-owned firm.

The DOJ has not expressly confirmed the identity of “MO1” but the country’s opposition leaders and anti-government dissidents insist that it refers to Prime Minister Najib Razak, who oversees the fund.

Unhappy with the prime minister’s repeated denial of his alleged involvement in the scandal, student leaders rallied yesterday to pressure the authorities into taking action against the leader.

During the afternoon gathering, the group of protesters led by student representative Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof defied police orders and marched towards Dataran Merdeka or “independence square” all the while chanting “catch MO1”. Read more

#TangkapMO1 KL rally ends peacefully

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The #TangkapMalaysianOfficial1 rally ended peacefully after a crowd of protesters gathered in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka for over two hours.

Chants of “tangkap”, “Hidup Hidup, Hidup Rakyat” and even “Bebaskan Anwar” were heard throughout the street protest as demonstrators, clad in black and white, began marching from the Sogo shopping complex and the National Mosque from 2pm yesterday.

The protesters started to disperse at about 4.40pm.

Protesters were seen carrying banners with the words “Tangkap MO1” (Catch Malaysian Official 1) and Pokemon-ish posters saying “1MDB – Gotta Catch’em All”. Read more