Muslim coalition to challenge Federal Court decision on unilateral conversion

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — A Muslim coalition will file a judicial review in a bid to overturn a landmark Federal Court decision that outlawed the unilateral conversion of children recently.

The Malaysian Insight reported that Movement to Defend Ummah reached the decision after a roundtable discussion involving Malaysia Shariah Lawyers Association president Musa Awang, former chief justice Ahmad Fairuz, Ummah chairman Ismail Mina Ahmad and Pahang mufti Abd Rahman Osman in Kuala Lumpur today.

The movement’s chief secretariat Aminuddin Yahaya said the Federal Court’s decision to nullify the conversion of the three children was not in line with the Constitution that states Islam is the main religion of the country.

Last week, the Federal Court ruled that the unilateral conversion of M. Indira Gandhi’s three children to Islam by her ex-husband was null and void. Read more

NRD’s illegitimate indicator for Muslim children against secrecy law, Federal Court told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 — The National Registration Department’s (NRD) practice of indicating Muslim children’s illegitimate status in birth certificates is against a local law requiring such information to be confidential, the Federal Court was told today in the high-profile “bin Abdullah” case.

Lawyer K. Shanmuga, who represented a Johor Muslim couple, said the NRD should have removed the “Permohonan Seksyen 13” (Section 13 Application) entry in the birth certificate of his client’s child.

“The reason why we don’t want it there is it will cause stigma to the child,” he told the Federal Court when referring to the Permohonan Seksyen 13 phrase that immediately gives away a child’s illegitimate status.

While acknowledging that his clients had indeed made an application under Section 13 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, Shanmuga said there was no legal requirement for the phrase to be included in the birth certificate when such information was already recorded in the NRD’s own register.

“It is in the register and Section 6 of the Act says the Registrar is secret and it is not open to the public,” he said. Read more

NGOs call for a ‘safe space’ for sexual abuse victims to be heard

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Women’s rights organisations in Malaysia are calling for a “safe space” where women can speak up on sexual violence and harassment.

“In a world of changing cultural values of modern society, women’s rights along with other human rights groups have an important responsibility to stand up in solidarity to create safe spaces for victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment,” said the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 6).

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Malaysia a ‘living hell’ for refugees, says report

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia cannot be considered a haven for refugees despite the government’s recent pledge to take in thousands of people fleeing the war in Syria, a US-based news portal reports.

In fact, Malaysia is a “living hell” for refugees, according to the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI).

“Based on my experience, I don’t think and I will never think that Malaysia is a good place for refugees,” MSRI counsellor Ronald Sutedja was quoted as saying by News Deeply.

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Review Data Act so action can be taken against government for misconduct, Putrajaya told

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 — A group consisting of civil societies and “concerned individuals” today called for the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 to be reviewed so that federal and state governments will be held responsible for any leaks of personal data that they collect.

The group of 13 organisations and four individuals said the recent cases of data leak show that the Act, short for PDPA, must be reviewed to include governments and government agencies in order to mitigate future breaches.

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Why Muslim parents are fighting to name their illegitimate children after them

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 ― In a rare move, 41 parents recently tried to join a court case challenging the National Registration Department’s (NRD) policy of registering illegitimate Muslim children with the “bin Abdullah” or “binti Abdullah” patronym.

Lokman Hakim, the lawyer for the 41 parents (20 married couples and a single mother from Pahang), said he had asked his clients to go straight to the Federal Court, instead of wasting their time and money by going to the Perlis Shariah court for court orders in his clients’ favour that would not be complied with.

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MCMC and Nuemera sued over 2014 data breach

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 ― PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil filed a civil suit against the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Nuemera (M) Sdn Bhd yesterday for alleged failure to protect 46.2 million personal information.

The suit was triggered by a massive date breach that is believed to have occurred in 2014.

“In this digital era, our personal infomation has become the basis of our day to day transaction. The public needs to know that they can trust and feel confident about the institutions and parties who are entrusted of such duties, can stay true to their responsibilities.

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