Chinese schools promote unity, says Malay UEC grad

Source: FMT News

UEC grad Farah Halijah says studying in a Chinese school taught her the value of acceptance and the importance of respecting the views of those of other races. Pic taken from FMT News.

UEC grad Farah Halijah says studying in a Chinese school taught her the value of acceptance and the importance of respecting the views of those of other races. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Farah Halijah Halim, 29, says that contrary to what some Malaysians say, Chinese schools in her opinion, promote unity among the various races in Malaysia.

Farah told FMT of her first-hand experience, relating how her primary and secondary school education in Chinese schools had taught her how to interact better with those of other races.

“In a way, it (Chinese school education) taught me the value of acceptance. Instead of demanding people respect and understand my needs, I learnt how to tolerate other people’s points of view as well.”

She said her non-Malay peers were also sensitive about the halal and haram aspect of Islam and were genuinely curious about how Malays lived. Read more

Nur Jazlan: Refer to cops, ministry for sex offenders list

Source: FMT News

Deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed says cooperation needed from interested groups to help update lists maintained by women, family and community development ministry.

PETALING JAYA: Nur Jazlan Mohamed says the public needs to refer to the police and the women, family and community development ministry on their respective sex offenders list, as a national registry on the same has been delayed, The Star reported today.

The deputy home minister attributed the delay in the setting up of a national sex offenders registry to the concerns raised by the Attorney-General’s Chambers over the infringement of rights of those on the list.

“There is an unofficial sex offenders list kept by the police but not made public.

“What I am saying is, if the list is under the police, then any information of the whereabouts of any offender can be obtained at the local police station for the community to check,” Nur Jazlan was quoted as saying by the daily. Read more

Set up monitoring team to track sex offenders, police told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Child rights advocate James Nayagam — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Child rights advocate James Nayagam — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Authorities must set up a team to monitor sex offenders, an activist has said amid news that convicted serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah is set to return to Malaysia tomorrow from Canada.

Child rights advocate James Nayagam said that police have their own registry, in the form of records, but the issue raised by many Malaysians at the moment is whether Malaysia has an efficient mechanism to monitor and track such individuals.

“When they actually came up with the registry (record), they also had in mind the resources needed. So it’s time for them to buck up and have a team available rather than just hoping one day it will start.

“Because even if we are going to have a registry, they also need to have a mechanism to cope, then you can find the harmony between the registry and practice. It’s [a] good time for the police to implement the monitoring system in the process of waiting for the registry,” the Suriana Welfare Society for Children chairman said. Read more