Govt launches special hotline on human trafficking

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

SUBANG JAYA, July 30 — A special hotline was launched today for the public to provide information on human trafficking.

Chairman of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council (MAPO), Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said the special hotline, which could be reached at 03-80008000 from 7.30am to 9pm every day, was launched under the 1Malaysia One Call Centre (1MOCC).

The public could also contact the hotline after the operation hours to record their complaints and the recording would be received by the duty officer the following day, he told a media conference after the launch which was held in conjunction with the World Anti-Human Trafficking Day here. Read more

Leaders of 11 faiths pledge to fight modern slavery

Source: FMT News

The religious groups will talk to people and help identify possible human trafficking victims. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite Malaysia improving its position in the United States’ Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the threat is real and many have fallen victim to modern slavery.

In Malaysia alone, 128,800 people are living in modern slavery as result of human trafficking, according to The Global Slavery Index this year.

In the wake of the alarming human trafficking issue in Malaysia, many efforts have been undertaken by the government together with human rights NGOs to combat human trafficking locally and regionally.

In solidarity with millions of women, men and children who are trafficked and enslaved, 11 faith leaders from different religions in Malaysia today signed an inter-faith joint declaration against human trafficking. Read more

Heng: We’re confident China’s laws can handle M’sian mother-and-son case

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The case of a Malaysian in China who, along with her son, has been banned from leaving the Middle Kingdom since October 2015, will be handled according to local laws, says the Chinese embassy here.

“China practises the rule of law and everyone is equal before the law,” an embassy spokesman said when contacted yesterday.

Cheng Chau Yang’s plight was highlighted by Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie at a press conference at Wisma MCA on Friday.

Both Cheng, 42, and her eight-year-old son, who live in Shanghai, are prohibited from leaving China following a Shanghai court order on the travel ban after a request by Cheng’s ex-husband, a Chinese national.

The ban is renewable every three months until the son turns 18. Read more

Zahid told to respect judicial process on naming out-of-wedlock children

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been told to respect the country’s judicial process instead of making critical remarks against the Court of Appeal’s decision on the naming of Muslim children born out of wedlock.

PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya said the courts should be allowed to decide on the matter impartially on the basis of the law and the Federal Constitution, without unnecessary positions being taken by government leaders on the issue.

“I have never come across a case of an instance of a deputy PM showing such gross disrespect to the judicial process,” she said.

“It is clear Zahid is trying to make political capital out of this case, with the general elections around the corner. It is most unfair as this involves the lives and future of innocent children,” she said in a statement today. Read more

DPM supports NRD’s move to file appeal against ‘bin Abdullah’ decision

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi agrees with the move taken by the National Registration Department (NRD) to file an appeal against the case of illegitimate Muslim children to the Federal Court.

He said at the moment, the NRD was carrying out its tasks according to the Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Affairs’ ruling which did not allow children conceived out of wedlock to take the name of the father.

“We know a law is a law. The Home Ministry, especially the NRD, should adhere to the decision of the National Fatwa Council and as such, we are appealing to a higher court so that the decision (of the Court of Appeal) is cancelled as only legitimate children could be named after the father,” he said when speaking at an Aidilfitri celebration with the Malabari community in Selayang near here yesterday night. Read more