KENYATAAN AKHBAR: Hentikan Kecaman Atas Aktivis,Hapuskan Gejala Seksisme Dan Misoginistik

Oleh: Nurhayyu Zainal, Meja Wanita, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)



Sedar atau tidak, golongan politik hari ini bagaikan raksaksa toksik terbentuk dari kesan radiasi sisa buangan oleh satu sistem dikenali sebagai patriarki. Dominasi kaum lelaki selama ribuan tahun meletakkan wanita pada posisi subordinat dengan limitasi terhadap kuasa politik serta proses membuat keputusan (decision making) ini mendorong kepada perbuatan memperlekehkan pandangan wanita selain membuli, fitnah, serangan peribadi, dan perlakuan lucah.

Inilah situasinya bila aktivisme politik hanya setakat menukar baju dari parti pemerintah ke parti pembangkang. Mana2 gabungan politik yang ahli-ahlinya tidak mempunyai ideologi dan prinsip poliitk yang jelas akan berkelakuan seksis dan misoginistik.

Gejala ini dilihat begitu ketara apabila penyokong – penyokong dan propagandis (cybertroopers) pihak pembangkang menggunakan kata kata lucah dan kesat sebagai mod serang balas terhadap seorang aktivis wanita yang dikenali sebagai Maryam Lee berikutan pendiriannya menyokong kempen #UndiRosak yang menjadi fenomena dan perbualan hangat di media sosial.

Sebagai sebuah organisasi yang menolak sistem patriarki, Parti Sosialis Malaysia mengecam sekeras – kerasnya perlakuan serta ancaman berunsur misoginis dan seksis terhadap mana mana individu. Read more

Parliament removes mandatory death penalty for drug offences, judges to get discretion

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — An amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 was passed today to remove the mandatory death penalty for drug offences and to instead give judges full discretion in sentencing.

The amendments were passed on the last day of the current Dewan Rakyat meeting via a majority voice vote after Putrajaya altered a provision in the amendment bill that was criticised by Opposition members and the Bar Council.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman tabled an alteration to the bill to give full discretion to judges in sentencing drug convicts.

The previous version of the amendment bill said that the judge could only exercise their discretion if the Public Prosecutor issued a certificate declaring that the convict had cooperated with authorities. Read more

Dealing with discrimination — Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online


Syahredzan Johan is a young lawyer and partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur. Pic taken from the Star.

Syahredzan Johan is a young lawyer and partner of a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur. Pic taken from the Star.

Our Constitution prohibits discrimination against citizens, but it applies to the public sector only.

IT was recently reported that frontline staff working in certain hotels are forbidden to wear the headscarf (hijab).

Many have criticised the “hijab ban”, stating that the practice is discriminatory.

According to the president of the Malaysian Association of Hotels, the hijab ban is not discriminatory but the standard operating procedure (SOP) in the industry. It was also said that this is a “uniform policy” that has been in practice in international hotel chains for a long time.

The donning of the hijab is generally believed to be in accordance with the religious beliefs of Muslims. A Muslim woman who wears the hijab does so usually because of her faith. Read more

Stifling free speech can stunt nation’s growth, ex-top judge cautions

Source: Malay Mail Online

Mohamed Dzaiddin said that silencing criticism would be detrimental to the country’s overall progress. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Putrajaya should not resort to “dubious laws” to curb free speech if Malaysia is to grow as a nation, Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah said.

The retired chief justice added that silencing criticism would be detrimental to the country’s overall progress as citizens “must be free to point out abuses, corruption, injustices, and any unhealthy happenings and to hold leaders accountable”.

“To progress as a nation, there must be space for dialogue and legitimate opposing views, both online and offline, without the use of dubious laws to clamp down on them.

“Freedom of expression must be exercised in a spirit of responsibility, without hurting the convictions of another,” the chancellor of Wawasan Open University said in his speech at its convocation last Thursday. Read more

Airline cabin crew trained to spot human trafficking victims

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The fight against human trafficking will literally take to the skies with airline cabin crew being trained to spot possible victims.

“They can be our eyes and ears,” said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic), adding that the cabin crew and ground crew would be trained to identify possible victims of human trafficking and alert the authorities.

“This is one of our steps to combat the ever-growing threat of human trafficking,” he told a press conference at Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation yesterday.

The training would be done by Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Council (Mapo), starting with Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air in the first quarter of next year.

“They will be trained to ask relevant questions and look at the body language,” said Nur Jazlan. Read more

NRD to better serve the public

Source: The Star Online

Pic from The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: The National Registration Department (NRD) will now be able to better address public needs through new powers under the amended Births and Deaths Registration Act (Act 299).

Among key changes made to Act 299 were to make it easier to register newborns, relaxing the time frame for registering births and deaths, plus obtaining a presumed death certificate in the case a body could not be found.

“Based on thorough analysis of the records of these three laws, they were never amended since their implementation,” said the NRD, referring to Act 299 and the corresponding Registration of Births and Deaths Ordinances that applied in Sabah and Sarawak.

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MP: Does freedom of speech also mean you must speak?

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 ― A deputy minister’s claim that freedom of religion did not equate to freedom from religion was “utter rubbish”, said a federal legislator when noting that the same liberty to speech did not compel a citizen to exercise the right.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua also questioned how Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki arrived at his controversial conclusion that atheism was illegal in Malaysia, which the latter made this week in Parliament.

Pua then used the constitutional guarantee of free speech to debunk Asyraf’s position, and explained that a liberty only meant the ability to pursue an action if a person so desired.

“When the Constitution says under Article 10, ‘every person has the right to freedom of speech’ and “every person has the right to assemble peacefully without arms”, would the deputy minister with a doctorate also interpret it as ‘everyone must speak (and hence cannot remain silent)’ and that ‘everyone cannot refuse to participate in peaceful assembly’? Read more

MPs: Public prosecutor has no right interfering in sentencing

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Two opposition MPs said Putrajaya must explain why it does not want to return the discretionary powers of judges to impose the death penalty on drug traffickers.

Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto asked if there was evidence to suggest that the position before the introduction of the mandatory death penalty in 1983 was a failure that required the removal of such powers.

“Has confidence in the judiciary dropped to such an extent that the courts today cannot be trusted with the sole discretion of imposing the death penalty on a convicted person,” they asked.

Their response came in a joint statement following amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 that, among others, allowed the interference of the public prosecutor in the sentencing process. Read more

Judiciary should determine sentence, not prosecutor

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) today hit out at the proposed bill to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, saying it is for the judiciary to determine the sentence, not the prosecutor.

LFL executive director Eric Paulsen acknowledged that the bill allowed for the trial judge to sentence a drug offender to life imprisonment and whipping instead of handing out the death sentence.

However, he pointed out that this was only possible if the public prosecutor issued a certificate verifying that the convict had assisted an enforcement agency in disrupting drug trafficking activities within or outside Malaysia. Read more

Ezra Zaid’s Shariah trial over book to start Feb 22

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — The Shariah court today decided that Mohd Ezra Mohd Zaid’s trial over a book will proceed on February 22 despite a pending civil court case challenging his Shariah prosecution.

Zulkifli Che Yong, the lawyer for Ezra in the Shariah case, confirmed that there was a hearing today for his client’s application to stay the Shariah trial until the conclusion of a separate case at the civil courts.

“The court fixed for trial 22 February,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

On March 7, 2013, Ezra was charged as ZI Publications’ director and majority shareholder under Section 16(1)(a) of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) Enactment 1995 with two alternative counts of publishing and distributing the Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta book, as well as a third alternative count under Section 16(1)(b) for possession of 180 copies of the book. Read more