Feminism not about harsher punishments, SIS tells Asyraf Wajdi

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 — Women’s group Sisters in Islam (SIS) insisted today that feminists will not support a proposed Bill to enhance Shariah courts, after deputy minister Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki urged them to do so last week.

According to the group, feminism believes in achieving equality through addressing systemic barriers rather than enacting harsher punishments, something that the private member’s Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang fails to take on.

“Feminism does not aim to achieve justice and equality through imposing higher punishments,” SIS said in a statement here.

“It instead, aims to achieve substantive equality by addressing systemic barriers women face daily such as unjust laws, poor implementation of laws and limited access to the justice system due to strained economic conditions, to mention a few. Read more

Hindraf heading to European Court in suit against UK

Source: FMT News

After exhausting all avenues in UK court system, Waythamoorthy says NGO's suit will be filed under European Convention on Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

After exhausting all avenues in UK court system, Waythamoorthy says NGO’s suit will be filed under European Convention on Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

PETALING JAYA: Hindraf Makkal Sakthi will take its rights suit against the United Kingdom to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, after having exhausted its legal avenue in the UK.

The French city along the border with Germany is the next stage after the Court of Appeal in London had on Thursday dismissed Hindraf’s application for leave to appeal the High Court decision delivered on Apr 1, 2015 striking out the class action suit filed by Hindraf on behalf of Malaysian Indian descendants of indentured labourers.

“The case will be filed in Strasbourg within the next six months,” Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy said in the statement issued last Friday. Read more

Baby dumping in Malaysia, the unending tragedy — Dr John Theo

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Dr John Teo is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.

JANUARY 23 — An average of 100 babies are dumped nationwide in Malaysia every year with more than half of them found dead according to Police statistics.

The media quoted the Minister of Women, Family and Community development in January 2016 that out of the 104 babies dumped in 2015, 61 were found dead and only 43 alive.

In 2014, 75 were found dead and only 28 alive and in 2013, 58 were found dead and only 32 alive.

Another police statistics from the earlier years had shown 407 babies were dumped nationwide from 2005 to 2010 averaging about 80 per year with Selangor, Johor and Sabah being the 3 states with the highest cases recorded.

The recorded cases must be the tip of the iceberg with every case found and recorded, many may be buried or thrown into the abyss and never be found. Read more