Laws for child sex crimes

Source: The Star Online

predator-in-my-phone-logo-0809KUALA LUMPUR: The new government task force to tackle child sex crimes is looking at enacting a special law to cover new forms of such crimes, including online grooming.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, who is heading the task force, said the review is needed in light of new forms of child sexual crimes enabled by digital technology.

“What is obvious is that we may need a special Act to address sexual violence against children, not just refer to the Penal Code for the offences,” said Azalina.

“There must be confidence in the system. There are existing laws for certain perpetrators or acts of violence against children. But the adequacy of such law must be studied,” she said.

The review will also look into how evidence and statements are taken from young victims of sexual crimes. Read more

Not unusual for Muslim women to lead, says Marina

Source: FMT News

Rights activist says Islam's history is filled with women leaders, but nowadays some people make an issue out of it. Pic taken from FMT News.

Rights activist says Islam’s history is filled with women leaders, but nowadays some people make an issue out of it. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Prominent rights activist Marina Mahathir has lamented that some women buy into the idea that they have to accept a lesser role than males.

In a live interview with the National Human Rights Society (Hakam), streamed on Facebook, Marina said many conservative Muslims believed that women could not become leaders, and this was primarily due to her biological functions.

“Some say a woman cannot become a menteri besar (MB) because she cannot accompany the Sultan for religious functions when she is menstruating.”

However, Marina pointed out that the primary role of a menteri besar was to administer the state, thus a woman’s biological functions should not be used as an excuse to deny her appointment as a person of authority.

It is believed Marina was referring to the objections by some against the appointment of PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar in 2014, during the state’s MB crisis.

Eventually, PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali was appointed menteri besar.

Marina said Islam’s history was filled with female leaders, such as Prophet Muhammad’s first wife Khadija, who was a successful businesswoman during her time, as well as the Prophet’s youngest wife, Aisha, who was regarded as a leader in the community.

“It is not unusual for Muslim women to lead, but nowadays we seem to be making an issue out of it.”

She also spoke on the issue of gender inequality in Malaysia, explaining that it was not an issue limited to the Muslim community. Read more

A successful Asean only possible if civil society taken seriously — Asean Peoples’ Forum Secretariat

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SEPT 8 — Civil society’s anticipation of the 28th and 29th  Asean Summit in Laos has been met with disappointment at the continued lack of opportunity to voice human rights concerns and critically engage with Asean member states.

We recall the positive decision to formally receive our final statement which was adopted during the AMM 2015 in Malaysia.

We were hoping that this good modality would continue this year but it is not the case during this year’s chairmanship of Asean.

We must endeavor to find more ways to engage and not limit the possibilities.

“Despite being vocalized repeatedly, civil society’s concerns over Asean member states’ lack ofrecognition of civil society as a critical stakeholder seems to be falling on deaf ears. Even though Asean’s theme is to be people-centred, civil society yet again we are on the outside waiting for full integration as a full partner in Asean processes,” said Jerald Joseph of Pusat Komas, who was Co-Chair of ACSC/APF 2016. Read more

Watch: Our “Ask Me” Series FBLive #3 with Marina Mahathir, recorded on 8 September 2016

Jom Tanya Marina Mahathir on FBLive #3.
Illuminating answers to engaging questions.

This was a live broadcast, streamed via Facebook Live from HAKAM’s Facebook Page and recorded on 8 September 2016.

In this FBLive Session #3 broadcast, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir answered your questions on the topics of gender equality, diversity and Malaysia as a nation.

Check out HAKAM FBLive session to come.

HAKAM thanks Mr Chacko Vadaketh for moderating this Facebook Live broadcast. Read more

Bankrupt pension systems: What say you? — Saleh Mohammed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY SALEH MOHAMMED

SEPT 8 — Bankrupt Pension Systems: Crisis in Modern Society, that was the title of an article written by Tom Pu-chih Hsieh, the executive editor of The China Postlast week.

According to a recent study by Allianz, pension systems in most Asian countries are “fragile and unstable”. Also, there is a gap of US$78 trillion (RM318.5 trillion) in pension funds among the 20 richest countries in the world.

In Taiwan, the pension issue is severe. Taiwan is the most populous non-United Nation state and the largest economy outside the UN. Civil servants are protesting government’s plan to cut their benefits, while a smear campaign accuses them of causing the pension system’s woes in the first place. But over there, the average monthly pension for civil servants is at least three to four times higher than that of those in the private sector.

It is estimated that Taiwan’s pension system for civil servants will be depleted in about 10 years if no drastic changes are made. The government is preparing to alter its Income Replacement Ratio, which is currently the highest in the world.  Read more