Institutional Reform Committee (IRC) Report: Why the Secrecy? HAKAM Forum dated 18 January 2020

“IRC Report: Why the Secrecy?” was the first HAKAM forum of 2020, held on 18 January 2020 at the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. The well-attended forum started at 10:00 am and was led by a panel of distinguished guests, who all had been involved and well-informed of the IRC process; Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (IRC member and former President of HAKAM), Ms. Siti Kasim (Maju), and Mr. Sevan Doraisamy (Suaram) and the panel was moderated by Dato’ Dr. Gurdial Singh Nijar (HAKAM President). The presentations of the forum speakers were followed by a Q&A session, and the forum ended at 12:00 pm.

In October last year, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the confidential report by the IRC and its seven recommendations that have been passed to the quasi-official Council of Eminent Persons can only be made public once all Pakatan Harapan (PH) component parties agree to it.

Key points from the forum on the issue of the release of the IRC Report to the public included:

  • Dato’ Ambiga suggested a pilot pilot project by “releasing just one set of recommendations [by IRC] and see whether the government falls down the next day.”
  • Dato’ Ambiga said she does not know the real reason why PH did not want it to be released but she would “charitably” assume that it is because of public and voters’ perception towards the already much-criticised administration.
  • By withholding the report, the government has denied the public and their own supporters the opportunity to be involved in making the country a better place, something that was promised by PH when they rolled out their election manifesto before 2018 election.
  • Siti Kasim pointed out that transparency is the cornerstone of good governance, hence the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government should make public the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) report.
  • Sevan suggested that all CSO and NGOs who have contributed to the making of the report, can release their own recommendations to the IRC, which in effect is a major part of what the IRC has referred to in its process, and this way the public can have access to the institutional problems pointed out and recommended reforms.
  • Dato’ Dr. Gurdial mentioned that HAKAM has been following up the release of the Report with the PM, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and will continue to do so until the people can know the content of the report.

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HAKAM wishes to thank everyone who came to the forum and the media for covering the event. See you all next time!

HAKAM Forum Media Coverage:

The Malay Mail Online

Malaysiakini

Malaysiakini

The Malaysian Insight

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Climate Crisis: SDGs and Role of youth – Forum 15 December 2019

Climate Crisis: SDGs and Role of youth – Forum 15 December 2019

In conjunction with Human rights Day 2019, and the end of 2019, a year full of ups and downs and big moments for climate activists and global rise of youth activists, lead to a large part by 16 year old Greta Thunberg, the newly formed formed Youth Subcommittee of HAKAM, HAKAM Youth held their very first forum on the topic of Climate Crisis and Youth Activism on Sunday 15 December 2019.

The forum which was well-attended by youth and activists from climate action and environmental non-government bodies, was held with three panel members, Professor Dr Fredolin Tangang @ Tajudin Mahmud who is the Chairperson of Department of Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Aaliyah Abdullah from the Malaysian Youth Delegation (MYD), and Aroe Ajoeni Sulistyorieni, the co-founder of Klima Action Youth (KAMY).

Some of the key points, among others, raised during the forum included:

  • The need to expand climate activism to rural and non-English speaking Malaysia to increase awareness and effectiveness,
  • Effectiveness of youth activism in Malaysia, similar to other parts of the world, despite cultural differences and attitudes towards young people getting involved in public debates. It was asserted by both Aliyah and Aro that Malaysian youth are getting more and more involved in climate activism and they are getting their voice heard, and that the government is being more receptive of the views and involvement of the youth,
  • The dire conditions of climate crisis with a very narrow window for action demands more awareness and involvement, and young Malaysians are and must get involved and draw attention to these issues and demand change,
  • Government initiatives regarding climate actions should be widely, and preferably in other languages than English, be promoted so that the public can better understand these movements and the reasons behind them, and
  • There is a need for climate science to be made more understandable for the public, and this can be done through platforms that gathers scientists, activists, non-profits, and policy-makers together. For the public to be more engaged and the policy-makers to effectively address climate crisis, the science behind climate change and its implications should be conveyed in understandable language and this can be achieved by increasing collaborations between scientists and youth activists who then engage the public.

The forum which ended at 12 pm. We hope more discussions and forums could be held on these topics in Malaysia, and we applaud HAKAM Youth for their efforts in making this forum possible. For more information and photos of the event please check HAKAM Youth’s Facebook page.

See you next time!

 

HAKAM to hold 27th Annual General Meeting on 30 June 2018

NOTICE OF 27TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TO BE HELD AT HAKAM’S OFFICE at B-01, Ground Floor, Block B, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, ON SAT 30 JUNE 2018 at 8.30 a.m.

 

AGENDA

  1. Welcome Address;
  2. Confirmation of Minutes of the 26th Adjourned Annual General Meeting dated 17 June 2017;
  3. Matters Arising;
  4. President’s Report for 2017/2018;
  5. Treasurer’s Financial Report for the Financial Year of 2017;
  6. Election of Office Bearers (President, Deputy President, Secretary General, Treasurer) & Executive Committee and 2 Honorary Auditors;
  7. Any Other Business.

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Report on “Build and Develop Effective Engaging Content” Workshop — Alaleh Eghbali

BY ALALEH EGHBALI
(All photos courtesy of HAKAM)

Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy Through Effective Engaging Communication

NGOs and CSOs in the new world are continuously trying to engage audiences and spread their message across the public. It may seem that it is getting harder to reach people and get them involved in civil society missions, but it should be noted means of communication have changed; Social Media has changed the game. It has now become the main source of accessing and spreading news and content.

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A large number of NGOs and CSOs in Malaysia still rely on the usual traditional methods of advocacy through press statements and forums. These medium have limited capacity to reach, and a limited opportunity of debate and discussions with audiences. In light of these circumstances, HAKAM has embarked on a social media training journey since 2016, with the first workshop “Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change”.  The success of the first workshop, and the positive feedback from the participants, lead to the organization of a second workshop in March 2017.

In the second workshop, facilitated by cilisos.my‘s Lau Chak Onn, members of NGOs and activist gathered to sharpen their skills of content development for social media, and learn how to send their message in the most interesting, informative, and concise way possible.  Read more

HAKAM Workshop: Build and Develop Effective and Engaging Digital Content

A FREE workshop for civil society organisations and individuals advocating for human rights. Admission is by Pre-Registration, by email to info[at]hakam.org.my. Register early as seats are limited.

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The internet is a power medium civil society can use to create narratives that matter and shape conversations that will influence opinions. We have the opportunity to engage with 10 million Malaysians, a majority of whom are heavy users of social media.

But do we have the type and style of content that people want to read and share? How do we create and build our own content?

Come to this workshop! HAKAM is also learning and needing to pick up better skills to create and develop our online content. We wish to share this workshop with civil society organisations and individuals working on human rights. How do you make human rights matter through online engagement Read more

Watch: Our “Ask Me” Series FBLive #4 with Azmi Sharom, recorded on 27 September 2016

Jom Tanya Azmi Sharom on FBLive #4.

This was a live broadcast, streamed via Facebook Live from HAKAM’s Facebook Page, and recorded on 27 September 2016.

In this FBLive Session #4 broadcast, Assoc Prof Azmi Sharom answered your questions on academic freedom, student activism, the state of administration of the nation, and conflict of laws.

HAKAM thanks Mr Chacko Vadaketh for moderating this Facebook Live broadcast. Read more

With child, without job: Pregnant Malaysian women and workplace discrimination

Source: NST Online

DISCRIMINATION: Being pregnant should be the happiest time in a woman’s life. Unfortunately, many have to choose between family and career, because having a bun in the oven could get you passed over for a promotion, sidelined or even fired. While mothers and wives continue to help out with the family finances and fulfil their household duties, most are still getting the short end of the stick, writes Audrey Vijaindren.

FINDING their positions redundant, being denied promotions, being placed on prolonged probation, demotion and even getting sacked — these are among the unenviable positions many Malaysian women have found themselves in, especially when they are with child.

Shocking as it may seem in this day and age, a recent Workplace Discrimination Survey by the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) revealed that more than 40 per cent of women polled have experienced job discrimination due to their pregnancy.

The online survey of 222 women polled from across the country revealed that the top five ways employers discriminated against pregnant women were by making their positions redundant, denying them promotions, placing them on prolonged probation, demoting them, and firing them.

WAO launched the survey to promote respect, protection and equal rights for women in the workplace, specifically for pregnant mothers. Read more

Watch: Our “Ask Me” Series FBLive #3 with Marina Mahathir, recorded on 8 September 2016

Jom Tanya Marina Mahathir on FBLive #3.
Illuminating answers to engaging questions.

This was a live broadcast, streamed via Facebook Live from HAKAM’s Facebook Page and recorded on 8 September 2016.

In this FBLive Session #3 broadcast, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir answered your questions on the topics of gender equality, diversity and Malaysia as a nation.

Check out HAKAM FBLive session to come.

HAKAM thanks Mr Chacko Vadaketh for moderating this Facebook Live broadcast. Read more

Report on on the “Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change” Workshop — Justine Chew

BY JUSTINE CHEW
(all photos courtesy of HAKAM)

Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy through Effective Use of Social Media

“When we change to way we communicate, we change society.” — Clay Shirky

Social Media has over the past 10 years changed communication between individuals, organisations and nations. This ever evolving communication technology continues to transform the way people interact and even the way they think.  That is the reason, Social Media now occupies a vital portion of many successful corporations’ organizational and business strategies. Governments have also recognized the power of social media – to further their causes and goals, construct and deconstruct societies. Government and politics are changed, and some destroyed, through the use of social media.

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In other parts of the world, civil society leaders and organizations have long teamed up with technology and social media experts to address community challenges through social media and this partnership had created new interesting solutions for those organisations to better serve their community.

However, Malaysian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have yet to leverage much on social media tools notwithstanding that (a) the tools are readily available, and (b) social media is a proven potent platform to shape conversations and influence opinions, facilitate speedier and more effective engagement and sharing of information.

“Old ways won’t open new doors.”

CSOs have in the past and still do rely on the usual traditional methods of advocacy through press statements and forum and town hall meetings. Traditional medium like these are limited in its capacity to reach and often offer very limited space or time for any discussion or conversation to take place between the speaker and the audience.

Under these circumstances, and seeing the limited success in advocacy campaigns by Malaysian CSOs in general, HAKAM developed and implemented a How to Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change in Malaysia Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 16-17 July 2016. HAKAM’s strategy for this capacity building workshop was to engage and partner with social media experts to train human rights activists, CSO representatives and volunteers  in harnessing the tools and potential of social media, covering areas of technology and content for effective advocacy. Read more

Watch: Our “Ask Me” Series FBLive #2 with Steven Thiru, recorded on 25 August 2016

Jom Tanya Steven Thiru on FBLive #2.
Crucial answers to important questions.

This was a live broadcast, streamed via Facebook Live from HAKAM’s Facebook Page and recorded on 25 August 2016.

In this FBLive Session #2 broadcast, Mr Steven Thiru, President of the Malaysian Bar, answered your questions on a number of current Malaysian issues, especially on topics dealing with the administration of justice, the Federal Constitution, the concept of separation of powers, the role of the Malaysian Bar in defending human rights, as well as the role of the Malaysian Bar vis a vis various other institutions such as the Judiciary, Attorney General’s Chambers and law enforcement agencies in Malaysia and his thoughts on the legal profession in Malaysia.

Check out HAKAM FBLive sessions to come.

HAKAM thanks Mr Chacko Vadaketh for moderating this Facebook Live broadcast.

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