Bebas: Hadi’s bill not defeated yet

Source: FMT News

Secular activist group says it will not hesitate to mobilise public opinion against the shariah amendment bill if it is tabled. Pic from FMT News.

Secular activist group says it will not hesitate to mobilise public opinion against the shariah amendment bill if it is tabled. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Although the government is not taking over nor tabling the private member’s bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), the bill hasn’t been defeated says secular activist group Bebas.

Bebas member Azrul Mohd Khalib said support to amend the act wasn’t limited to PAS leaders and members.

“We have to recognise that this is not an issue that has support only from PAS.

“It is not a question for Umno to decide for Malaysia and Malaysians whether it is suitable.

“The Islamisation of our country is an agenda that is being championed by many individuals, parties and organisations.”

Azrul said the private member’s bill – pushed by PAS president and Marang MP Abdul Hadi Awang – was only one component of the agenda.

Even then, he said the government’s abandonment of plans to take over and table the bill doesn’t mean it has been defeated.

It still remained a private member’s bill on the legislative list and can be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat. Read more

WAO: Better protection for domestic violence survivors under new Bill

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — The Domestic Violence Act (Amendments) 2012 [DVA] is expected to enable women to get temporary protection from their abusers without having to lodge a police report, the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) said.

Domestic violence survivors can obtain the Emergency Protection Order (EPO) from a social welfare officer without having to go to court either, under the Bill that is set to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat for first reading today.

“The EPO acts as an immediate temporary protection, which could last for 7 days,” WAO advocacy manager Yu Ren Chung told Malay Mail Online.

Although the women’s rights group, which had worked with the DVA along with other NGOs for the past three years, has not seen the final version of the Bill, it expects the EPO and also a strengthened Interim Protection Order (IPO) to both feature.

The Bill will be introduced by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, its Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim stated yesterday. Read more