Retrenchment fund focus of May Day rally by 15 NGOs, PSM

Source: FMT News

Authorities must address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even the government's budget cuts, says group. Pic from FMT News.

Authorities must address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even the government’s budget cuts, says group. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: A peaceful rally will be held on May 1, in conjunction with International Workers’s Day, which is also known as Labour Day, demanding the government start a fund for the benefit of workers who have been retrenched.

The organising committee comprising 15 NGOs and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) held a press conference today announcing the assembly, which is called “Hilang Kerja, Pekerja Merana: Worker’s Retrenchment Fund Now!”

The key demand for the establishment of a workers retrenchment fund is to address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even budget cuts by the government. Read more

NRD urged to stop alleged ‘paper conversion’ of Sabah villagers to Islam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

It is reported that there are cases of poor and illiterate Dusun and Murut villagers in Sabah who had their religions changed to Islam without their knowledge. — Reuters pic.

It is reported that there are cases of poor and illiterate Dusun and Murut villagers in Sabah who had their religions changed to Islam without their knowledge. — Reuters pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 ― A Momogun group told the National Registration Department (NRD) to stop changing the religious status of poor and illiterate Dusun and Murut villagers in Sabah without their knowledge.

The Borneo Post reported Momogun National Congress (MNC) president Datuk Henrynus Amin as saying that he was deeply disturbed by reports of NRD officials allegedly changing the religious status of Dusun and Murut villagers on paper even though they did not convert.

“There are numerous reports of families facing difficulty due to their religious status as Muslim in their identity card when in fact they are not Muslim. Read more

Sexual abuse: Parents must get kids to speak up, says NGO

Source: FMT News

Shelter chairman says sexually abused children, if left unattended, will grow up confused and develop hostile behaviour. Pic from FMT News.

Shelter chairman says sexually abused children, if left unattended, will grow up confused and develop hostile behaviour. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia should create a safe environment where children can inform adults if they are being sexually abused, says an NGO.

Shelter Home for Children chairman Vincent Pee said there should be an environment where children feel at ease to tell their parents if they are abused sexually without having to fear being judged or condemned.

“Children should be able to talk to their parents when something happens to them, especially if it is something as serious as sexual abuse,” Pee told FMT.

Responding to the issue of child sexual abuse, Pee said if sexually abused children are left unattended, they will continue to be confused and develop hostile behaviour.

“When the children don’t have the right channels to seek help and tell any responsible adults that they are being abused, they will be left confused and it will cause more damage down the road.” Read more