Pro-LGBT NGO regrets cancellation of varsity’s Pride Week

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Pelangi Campaign chides Taylor’s University for not standing firm for the autonomy of its students and staff, and bowing to ‘business interests’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Pelangi Campaign, one of the organisers of Taylor’s Pride Week, says it is disappointed that Taylor’s University placed “business interests above safeguarding academic freedom and integrity”.

In a strongly-worded statement in response to the cancellation of the event celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the NGO said it regretted the decision on the part of the management of Taylor’s University.

“The programme, themed ‘Courage in the Face of Adversity’, was organised by a group of Taylor’s University students who empathise with the social injustice faced by the LGBT community.

“They took the noble initiative of organising the event in order to raise awareness in society and engage the communities around them,” Pelangi said, chiding the university for not standing firm for the autonomy of its students and staff. Read more

Maintain ban on Cambodian maids, says Tenaganita

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The freeze should continue until the government makes changes to its institutional framework to ensure the recognition of domestic workers as workers, says Tenaganita executive director. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Tenaganita has called on the Cambodian government to continue to freeze the recruitment of domestic workers to Malaysia for now.

Its executive director, Glorene A Das, said the freeze should continue until the Malaysian government makes changes to its institutional framework to ensure the recognition of domestic workers as workers.

“The Employment Act clearly fails to protect the rights of domestic workers, who continue to be recognised only as ‘servants’ under the act,” Das said.

She said this definition would continue to lead to a relationship of master–servant where the employer had total control over the worker and thus could exploit her.

“Whenever there is publicity over an abuse or death of a domestic worker, the government, through its ministers, gives political assurances that do not convert to a rights protection framework,” Das said in a statement today. Read more

Drop charges against Malaysiakini, says NGO

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Article 19 says the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is ‘vague and sweeping’ and in need of ‘urgent reform’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Article 19 has hit out at charges against Malaysiakini’s CEO and editor-in-chief over a video the news portal had carried criticising Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali for clearing the prime minister of corruption allegations.

Article 19 called on the government to immediately drop the charges against Premesh Chandran, Steven Gan and KiniTV, which had aired the video in question.

The NGO said the charges, which were made under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA), underscored why the “vague and sweeping” legislation needed “urgent reform”.

“The increasing use of this law to target independent media and any online criticism of the government is seriously concerning, and also a clear violation of international human rights law on freedom of expression,” director of programmes David Diaz-Jogeix said in a statement today. Read more

Maria Chin fails to challenge Immigration DG’s travel ban

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Maria Chin Abdullah failed in her bid to challenge the Immigration director-general’s decision to bar her from travelling abroad after her judicial review application was dismissed. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18  — The High Court today dismissed the judicial review application by Bersih Electoral Reform Movement and Bersih 2.0 chairman, Maria Chin Abdullah to challenge the Immigration director-general’s (DG) decision of barring her from travelling abroad.

Justice Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad in her judgment said that Maria’s application had become academic in nature, and that the decisions by the Immigration director-general and home minister in imposing the travel ban were not reviewable.

The judge also said that during the judicial review application being heard in court, the travel ban on Maria was lifted on May 17, 2016, two days after she was denied entry.

“This renders the application academic,” she said. Read more

LGBT pride march in Taylor’s University cancelled after Islamist pressure

Source: The Malay Mail Online

AThere has been no public statement so far from the student organisers, who called themselves ‘Pride Not Prejudice’, besides the deletion of the event’s Facebook page. Pic from AFP by Dibyangshu SARKAR.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — A three-day lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) public awareness campaign that included a pride march that was scheduled for next month in Taylor’s University was cancelled last night.

The event, called “Courage in the Face of Adversity” and organised by its students, was cancelled following protests since Tuesday by pro-Islamists blogs that were incensed it would be held during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

“The Pride event in Taylor’s University has been cancelled and will not happen. Please be informed,” the Campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative, or Pelangi, said in a brief Facebook status last night. Read more