Religious school kid who lost both legs dies

Source: The Malay Mail Online

His aunt says it may have been due to his unstable heart condition. Pic from FMT News.

His aunt says it may have been due to his unstable heart condition. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffie, who had both legs amputated last week due to alleged abused by an assistant warden at a Johor religious school, died today.

According to The Star Online news portal, the 11-year-old’s death was confirmed by his father, Mohd Gaddafi Mat Karim, 43.

Thaqif had been scheduled to have his right arm amputated this morning, but the procedure was delayed when his condition deteriorated.

The 11-year-old student was allegedly beaten with a hose on March 24, but was only brought to the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru on April 19, when he was warded and had both of his legs amputated on Saturday.

Johor police today obtained an order to extend the remand of the assistant warden until this Saturday. Read more

Child marriages expose ‘loophole’ in Child Sexual Crime bill

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Singapore daily says over 6,000 applications for child marriages from Muslims made between 2010 and 2015 in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

Singapore daily says over 6,000 applications for child marriages from Muslims made between 2010 and 2015 in Malaysia. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A Singapore daily has criticised the Child Sexual Crime Bill 2017 in Malaysia, passed in Parliament just one month ago, pointing out that the legislation does not stop child marriages from taking place.

Calling it “a loophole” that has “gone unplugged”, The Independent referred to Malaysian government statistics showing that between 2010 and 2015, there were 6,264 applications for child marriages from Muslims.

A further 2,725 non-Muslim teenage girls also got married, it said.

The report mirrored concerns voiced by the opposition, especially DAP, in the run-up to the tabling of the bill in the Dewan Rakyat. Read more

Monitor all schools for child abuse, say activists

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'Cases of violence against students are not limited to religious schools.' Pic from FMT News.

‘Cases of violence against students are not limited to religious schools.’ Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Two activists have called on the government to start monitoring every educational institution for abuse cases.

Cases of violence against students are not limited to religious schools, said Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairman Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim and social activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi in a comment on the alleged beating of a pupil in a religious school in Johor. The boy’s legs were infected and have had to be amputated.

“We should also look at every residential school, regardless of whether it is religious or not, for similar abuse cases,” Azimah said. Read more

Federal Court: Parliament cannot curtail judiciary’s power

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In a landmark decision, it reminds that judiciary acts as a bulwark of the constitution in ensuring that powers of the executive and legislature are kept within their intended limit. Pic from FMT News.

In a landmark decision, it reminds that judiciary acts as a bulwark of the constitution in ensuring that powers of the executive and legislature are kept within their intended limit. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The 1988 amendment to the Federal Constitution to check the powers of the judiciary is contrary to the basic structure of the supreme law of the land, a recent Federal Court ruling said.

Justice Zainun Ali said the amendment undermined the principle of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary.

“With the removal of judicial power from inherent jurisdiction of the judiciary, that institution was effectively suborned to Parliament, with the implication that Parliament became sovereign,” said Zainun who delivered the landmark ruling of a five-man Federal Court bench last week. Read more

Free speech must be for all — Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

Even if we disapprove of what they say, we should defend to the death their right to say it.

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

ONE of the difficulties about defending the freedom of speech is that one has to defend speech that one likes as well as speech that one does not.

In the past week there have been two free speech issues that have been of interest in the country. One is regarding Zakir Naik and the other about a truly unfunny television presenter.

Let’s deal with Zakir first. Right off the bat, I want to say that I don’t think anyone should be banned from speaking unless what they say incites violence.

It does not matter if what they say is hurtful, that is not sufficient ground for censorship.

The very same reasons used to defend Zunar’s right to create his highly critical cartoons and not face criminal charges can be used for Zakir. Read more

Rape culture alive and kicking in Malaysia, says women’s rights group

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Rape is a real threat to women and girls – it's not a joke, says women’s rights groups the world over. – EPA pic.

Rape is a real threat to women and girls – it’s not a joke, says women’s rights groups the world over. – EPA pic.

THE recent incident of a rape “joke” by local college freshmen that went viral on social media further underlined the fact that rape culture was very much prevalent in Malaysian society, a women’s rights group said today.

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director Sumitra Visvanathan said rape culture in society became evident when threats of sexual harm were dismissed as merely “jokes”.

“Rape culture is the way society and social institutions normalise and permit rape.

“This includes blaming the victim and excusing the perpetrator. Every statement that threatens sexual harm to a woman must be taken seriously. Rape culture enables men to make rape threats – and minimises them as ‘harmless jokes’, Sumitra told The Malaysian Insight through WhatsApp. Read more