Muslim women shouldn’t use emoticons, group says in anti-Valentine’s Day campaign

Source: The Malay Mail

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The National Muslim Youth Association (Pembina) advised Muslim women against using emoticons in text messages or wearing fragrance, ahead of Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

Pembina’s guide published on its official Facebook page today said Muslim women should avoid seven things while dealing with “non-mahram”, or men they can marry, even outside the day commemorating love.

 

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BEBAS petition MPs to vote against Hadi’s Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BEBAS will hold a counter-rally against Himpunan 355 at Taman Jaya park (pic) in Petaling Jaya on February 18, 2017. — Google pic

BEBAS will hold a counter-rally against Himpunan 355 at Taman Jaya park (pic) in Petaling Jaya on February 18, 2017. — Google pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — A secular activist group has submitted a petition to all MPs today to reject a private member’s Bill to enhance the Shariah courts, should it be tabled in the coming Dewan Rakyat sitting.

The group calling itself BEBAS listed three reasons as to why the Bill should be opposed, which among others claimed that the law would exacerbate the unequal treatment of Muslims and non-Muslims; invalid concrete evidence to prove that the proposed law would be effective; and the possible abuse of the law if it was passed.

“Those who support the proposed amendment to Act 355 seem to refuse to acknowledge the grave weaknesses in the protection of the accused under the current system. Any move to enhance Shariah punishments will only make things worse. Read more

DAP Sabah calls on EC to explain voter registration anomaly

Source: The Borneo Post

KOTA KINABALU: DAP Sabah organising secretary Henry Shim has urged the Election Commission (EC) to provide an explanation over a recent complaint on voters registration that went viral on Facebook.

The said complaint arose when a resident by the name of Achmadi bin Abdul Libad found that his name was duplicated in the EC website when checking on his electoral voter status. The duplicated name, however, was registered through a police ID and not a normal IC, and the duplicated names were registered at different constituencies, but with the same date of birth.

“This is ridiculous! If the said registrations are proven to be from the same person, how could the same person appears to be in two different constituencies? If such system error appears to be within the EC’s voters registration system, how many such similar cases are already within the community of Malaysians? This has again raised the question that must be answered by the EC to the public, was it an administration snafu, or was there a conspiracy behind this?” he asked

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Bersih’s Maria Chin withdraws suit against EC

Source: The Star Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah - Pic from The Star Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah – Pic from The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has withdrawn her appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision to refuse her leave for a judicial review to challenge the Election Commission’s redelineation exercise.

Bersih 2.0 said that if it proceeded with the appeal, the “outcome would not be favourable” as it may lead to a precedent that would have adverse affects on pending and future redelineation lawsuits.

“We regret that our leave was not granted in the High Court and now circumstances have also led us to stop our pursuit in the Court of Appeal,” it said in a statement Monday.

The electoral watchdog said that although it has withdrawn its lawsuit, it believed that Maria Chin’s legal challenge has helped draw public attention to the issue.

In November last year, Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan dismissed the case, saying he found that Maria Chin did not have an arguable case. Read more

Sexual orientation can be changed, Jakim says in new LGBT video

Source: Malay Mail Online

Jakim said to change one’s sexual orientation, one must intend to do so for God’s sake instead of being forced and repent one's homosexuality, in addition to leaving activities that would lead to same-sex relations. — AFP pic

Jakim said to change one’s sexual orientation, one must intend to do so for God’s sake instead of being forced and repent one’s homosexuality, in addition to leaving activities that would lead to same-sex relations. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The federal Islamic authorities have suggested that sexual orientation can be changed with extensive training, in a recent video explaining how Muslims can approach the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The 3:08-minute video in Malay language has since received mixed reception from some Malaysians, with several praising it as a softer strategy that does not promote hate against the maligned minority, while others felt it still fails to acknowledge the community.

“Fact is, there are those among Muslims that has non-heterosexual orientation but remains steadfast on the path of Islam.

“For them, this is a test of Allah, and they choose to face the test appropriate with what Islam demands,” said the video shared by social activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi in a public post on his Facebook profile yesterday. Read more