Removing top ‘normal procedure’, says airline

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malindo has two uniforms — a high-collared white blouse or a white kebaya top paired with a sarong. — AFP pic.

Malindo has two uniforms — a high-collared white blouse or a white kebaya top paired with a sarong. — AFP pic.

PETALING JAYA, April 5 — It is the right of the employer to request potential flight attendants to expose their chests to interviewers, said Malindo Air public relations and communications director Raja Sa’adi Raja Amrin.

The requirement to remove their tops, but with bras on, was to see if applicants had visible marks due to the material of Malindo’s uniform.

Raja Sa’adi said such checks were necessary as their uniforms were “partially see-throughs”.

“It is not an issue. We have the right to conduct such body checks on them. I think most airlines do the same,” he said.

“We need to see if they (applicants) have scars, pimples or tattoos that could be seen through the uniform. Our flight attendants wear a corset inside and if it is covered by the corset, it is okay.” Read more

Tasik Gelugor MP says talking about statutory rape, not forced sex (VIDEO)

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 ― Datuk Shabudin Yahya today clarified that he was referring to consensual sex involving minors with his controversial suggestion for rapists to marry their victims.

The Tasik Gelugor MP denied he was referring to violent rape while debating the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 yesterday, following uproar over his suggestion.

He insisted that such crimes should be dealt with according to existing laws such as the Penal Code, and rejected reports that he was condoning such rapes.

“But in society’s reality, there are many cases of rape that are classified by law as ‘statutory rape’ but based on common consent.

“To resolve such problems, families often cover up the shame, do not make police reports and eventually make the decision to marry them,” he said in a statement on the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers site. Read more

Minister: Marrying victims won’t save rapists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said says statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said says statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Marriage will not allow rapists to escape punishment for their crime, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said today.

Responding to the controversy surrounding an Umno lawmaker’s suggestion that rapists be permitted to marry their child victims, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department also said statutory rape laws clearly prohibit sexual relations with minors.

Commenting on public questions about whether such marriages could allow the rapists to avoid prosecution, she said this was not true.

“Offenders will not escape punishment if they have sexual relations with those below the age of 16 and may be charged under Section 376 (2) of the Penal Code,” she wrote on Facebook today. Read more

Rahman Dahlan: ‘Abhorrent’ to allow rapists to marry victims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan expressed shock over his Umno colleague’s suggestion that the future of rape victims would be 'not bleak' if they were to be married to their attackers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan expressed shock over his Umno colleague’s suggestion that the future of rape victims would be ‘not bleak’ if they were to be married to their attackers. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan hit out at his Umno colleague Datuk Shabudin Yahya for suggesting that rape victims be married to their attackers, saying that he was “shocked” and “disappointed” with the remarks made by the Tasek Gelugor MP.

Shabudin had earlier today said that the future of rape victims would not be bleak if they are married to their rapists, and that marriage between a victim and her rapist can in fact help solve social problems.

“I just came across an article about the comments of Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya in Parliament in respect of underage marriages and marriages between victims and rapists with utter shock and disappointment,” Abdul Rahman said in a statement tonight.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department pointed out that every child has the right to live and to dream, and that while it is the parents’ responsibility to provide a decent childhood for their children, the government and lawmakers have the responsibility to protect the best interest of Malaysian children. Read more

Federal Court dismisses Maria Chin’s appeal over Sosma detention

Source: FMT News

Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop says there is no merit in the case and the court will deliver a written judgment later. Pic from FMT News.

Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop says there is no merit in the case and the court will deliver a written judgment later. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah again failed in the Federal Court to determine the legality of her detention under the Security Offences and Special Measures Act (Sosma) last year.

A five-man bench led by newly-appointed Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop said there was no merit in Maria’s appeal.

“The appeal is dismissed. We will deliver our written grounds later,” he said of the unanimous decision.

On Nov 29, the High Court struck out Maria’s habeas corpus application on grounds she had been freed from police detention.

“The court has no jurisdiction to decide on merits and to award damages,” judge Nordin Hassan had said. Read more

Penang govt to sue EC over delimitation exercise

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lim Guan Eng says his administration will sue the Election Commission (EC) in protest of its delimitation exercise. Pic by Ke Ooi for the MMO.

Lim Guan Eng says his administration will sue the Election Commission (EC) in protest of its delimitation exercise. Pic by Ke Ooi for the MMO.

GEORGE TOWN, April 5 ― Claiming to have new “disturbing” information, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today his administration will sue the Election Commission (EC) in protest of its delimitation exercise.

He said the state government sent in a first objection to the EC on April 4 and will file a second complaint before the EC’s given deadline for objections.

“After submitting that, we realised that there is new shocking information about the redelineation exercise, so we will send in a second round of objection before April 7,” he told reporters at his office today.

He declined to disclose the information for the time being, citing the absence of state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim from the state. Read more

Penang CM says embarrassed by Tasik Gelugor MP’s rape remark

Source: The Malay Mail Online

GEORGE TOWN, April 5 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng called Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya unfit for office over the latter’s suggestion that rapists be allowed to marry their child victims as a solution to social problems.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya has a 'depraved and sick' mind. — Picture by K.E. Ooi for the MMO.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya has a ‘depraved and sick’ mind. — Picture by K.E. Ooi for the MMO.

Lim said the Penang executive council unanimously condemned Shabudin, adding that the latter’s suggestion showed a “depraved and sick” mind.

“Penang people don’t want a monster to become their MP, we don’t want people with no compassion for rape victims to be an MP.

“We are ashamed to have an MP like this from Penang. Even though he’s not in the state government, he is a black stain for Penang,” he said.

He then demanded that Barisan Nasional and Umno expel Shabudin, and ask the latter to resign as MP.

State executive councillor Chong Eng urged state opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid to make a stand on this issue.

“I hope she will join us to call for the expulsion of this monster from BN and Umno,” she said.

Lim and Chong were responding to remarks Shabudin made when debating the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 in Parliament. Read more

Malaysia extends controversial security law that allows for 28 days of detention without charge

Source: South East Asia Globe

Bersih Chairman Maria Chin Abdullah looks on during the Bersih 5.0 rally press conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 November 2016. She was arrested and detained under SOSMA the following day. Photo by Fazry Ismail for EPA.

Bersih Chairman Maria Chin Abdullah looks on during the Bersih 5.0 rally press conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 November 2016. She was arrested and detained under SOSMA the following day. Photo by Fazry Ismail for EPA.

Malaysia’s House of Representatives voted to extend the law for 5 years amid a debate over whether it’s a necessary tool to combat terrorism or an aggressive assault on civil liberties.

Malaysian authorities will be allowed to detain individuals suspected of committing “security offences” for 28 days without charge until at least mid-2022, after the House of Representatives, or Dewan Rakyat, voted in favour of extending a controversial security law last night.

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed proposed the extension of the sub-section in the country’s Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), ostensibly to give police more time to carry out thorough investigations.

The house passed the motion with 93 votes in favour and 77 against.

Nur Jazlan argued that while the maximum detention period was 28 days, drawn-out bureaucratic processes meant police really only had 21 days to carry out investigations. Read more

I wouldn’t let my daughter marry her rapist, PAS MP says

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PAS lawmaker Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan pointed out that even in Islam, rape is frowned upon and harsher sentences should be meted out. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

PAS lawmaker Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan pointed out that even in Islam, rape is frowned upon and harsher sentences should be meted out. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 ― PAS lawmaker Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said he would not allow his daughter to marry her attacker if she were raped, but would not disagree with parents who would consent to such a situation.

The Kota Baru MP was weighing in the controversial suggestion yesterday by an Umno representative who said girls who wed their rapists would be spared a “bleak future”, amid debate over a proposal to ban child marriages.

“We cannot disagree to this if the victim’s parents agree to their child being married by a rapist, but if this happens to my daughter, I would not allow it,” Takiyuddin told reporters at Parliament.

But the PAS secretary-general also said the rapist should not be let off even after marriage.

“How can the person who ruined our child be allowed to marry them? It’s an unacceptable excuse,” he stressed.

Takiyuddin also pointed out that even in Islam, rape is frowned upon and harsher sentences should be meted out. Read more

‘Segregation is okay, discrimination is not’

Source: FMT News

Amanah's Mujahid comments on the now discontinued practice of separating women from men at a public hospital. Pic from FMT News.

Amanah’s Mujahid comments on the now discontinued practice of separating women from men at a public hospital. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Amanah vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa has shrugged off a report about sex segregation in a hospital, saying it is inconsequential unless there is discrimination between the sexes.

Referring to segregation at the waiting area outside the Ampang public hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a practice that has now been discontinued, Mujahid said it was probable that the arrangement was made because people felt more comfortable with it.

“It’s no big deal,” he said. “I don’t think it’s an issue unless we are segregating to discriminate or if the arrangement leads to discrimination.

“We have public transport and ride-sharing services that cater to only women for their safety and comfort. Is that wrong?”

The KTM Komuter has coaches reserved for women and the Riding Pink ride-sharing service caters only to female passengers. Read more