Be forward thinking, youth group tells #UndiRosak supporters

Source: Free Malaysia Today

#ForwardTogether urges #UndiRosak supporters to work together to help youths take ownership of their future by making their votes count.


Image taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: A newly formed group to counter youths’ indifference to elections and politics has reached out to those behind the #UndiRosak movement, saying it is time to take a more positive outlook on the future.

In a statement to FMT, #ForwardTogether said instead of #UndiRosak’s campaign for voters to spoil their ballots on election day, it should help youths take ownership of their future by making their votes count. Read more

Parents, Here’s What You Can Do If Someone Sexual Harasses Your Child At A Theme Park

Source: Malaysian Digest

“Victims must find courage to speak up, lodge complaints and make police reports when sexual harassment occurs. Witnesses especially need to call out, speak out and act when we see harassment taking place. Taking pictures or video of the unacceptable behaviour is one way. Communities need to be more caring and less tolerant when it comes to harassment. Harassment is unacceptable and children, especially need to be protected. We can look out for each other. We can start with not victim-blaming and understanding that it takes courage to call out sexual harassment. With movements like #StopStreetHarrassment, #HandsOff, #MeToo and #TimesUp, I hope that the awareness will give courage for victims to call out the harassment and lodge the necessary report to the authorities.”– Robyn Choi, HAKAM Secretary-General, in advocating for every Malaysian to act together as a community to curb such incidents from recurring, instead of solely depending on the authorities to act on such matters.

Image taken from Malaysian Digest

Malaysian theme parks came under the spotlight recently after Filipino celebrity Ruffa Gutierrez posted an unfortunate account of sexual harassment her two daughters had faced at a local theme park during their holiday here.

Not only was the Gutierrez-family experience embarrassing for our country as the group of men acted like hooligans at a family-friendly establishment, but when the incident became viral, it also captured international headlines that questioned ‘Are Malaysian theme parks safe?’

While the theme park in question have assured the safety of its guests is of utmost priority and relayed they take the matter seriously, the incident has also served as an eye-opener for other parents to keep watch over their children, despite being in a family-friendly environment. Read more

At launch of human rights plan, Najib pledges no repeat of Ops Lalang

Source: MalayMail Online

PUTRAJAYA, March 1 ― Legislative transformation over the past few years will ensure there is no repeat of the notorious Ops Lalang security crackdown of 1987 under his administration, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured the public today.

Najib pointed out the fact that he had abolished the Internal Security Act which was used during Ops Lalang, and also introduced laws such as the Peaceful Assembly Act instead.

“All these changes ensures that there will not be another Ops Lalang,” Najib said while launching the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) at his office. Read more