Get involved if you want justice, Ambiga urges Malaysians

Source: The Malaysian Insight

From left) Archbishop Julian Leow, Marina Mahathir, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Zaid Ibrahim at the Day of Solidarity function at the CCM Ecumenical Centre today. The event focuses on pilgrimage towards justice and peace. – Pic from the Malaysian Insight.

From left) Archbishop Julian Leow, Marina Mahathir, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Zaid Ibrahim at the Day of Solidarity function at the CCM Ecumenical Centre today. The event focuses on pilgrimage towards justice and peace. – Pic from the Malaysian Insight.

LAWYER turned human rights advocate Ambiga Sreenevasan urged people to get involved in the political process if they want to see justice prevail.

At the “Day of Solidarity – pilgrimage towards justice and peace” event at the CCM Ecumenical Centre, the former president of the Bar Council said there was a lack of justice and erosion in the rule of law in Malaysia.

“The idea of acting justly is not ingrained in our institutions,” Ambiga told some 300 people at the event today.

Citing the recent case pertaining to Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, she said his attackers faced a fine of RM100 compared with activist Lena Hendry’s fine of RM10,000 for screening the Sri Lankan civil war documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.

“And to add to it, the attorney-general intends to appeal the fine. It is already RM10,000 too much,” said the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president. Read more

Putrajaya unveils 32 new members of religious harmony panel

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya – The Malaysian Insider file pic.

Putrajaya – The Malaysian Insider file pic.

Putrajaya today unveiled new members of the Committee to Promote Understanding and Harmony among Religious Adherents (JKMPKA) for the 2016-2017 session.

Its 32 members were announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his office in Putrajaya and with 29 present to receive their letters of appointment today.

The committee’s new chairman is Datuk Azman Amin Hassan, the former director-general of the Malaysian National Unity and Integration Department (JPNIN), and the deputy chairman is Rev Dr Hermen Shastri, general-secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM).

Among the main committee members are Tan Sri Datuk Seri Simon Sipaun, the founding chairman of the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) and a former Malaysian Human Rights commissioner; Datuk Seri Jit Heng, president of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST); Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok, Archbishop of Southeast Asia’s Anglican Church; Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong, head of the History, Heritage and Social Cluster of National Professor Council; and Datuk John Sikayun, former Sabah Law Association head.

Others are Datuk Mohan Shanmugam, president of Malaysia Hindu Sangam; academics Associate Professor Madeline Berma and Associate Professor Mohamed Md Yusoff; Negara-Ku steering committee chairman Zaid Kamaruddin; Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) president Mohammad Raimi Abd Rahim; former MCCBCHST president Sardar Jagir Singh; MCCBCHST office-bearer Daozhang Tan Hoe Chieow; and Tan Kong Beng, executive secretary of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).

Najib, at the ceremony to hand out the appointment letters, said efforts to strengthen Malaysia’s multi-faith and multi-racial society should be “formalised and institutionalised”. Read more

No bashing, no fears as Muslims, Christians share stories of religion and activism

Source: The Malaysian Insider

(From left) Syed Azmi Syed Alhabshi, Debbie Loh, Khalina Khalili and Jeffrey Phang sharing yesterday with an audience comprising mostly of Muslims of their journeys to social activism. On the right is moderator Shazana Razali. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, December 18, 2015.

Amalina (not her real name) cradled her seven-week-old baby in her arms as she listened to a Christian activist quote biblical scriptures before an audience comprising mostly Malay, Muslim, tudung-wearing women.

By Amalina’s side were her four other children, ranging from eight to 18 years old, whom the 42-year-old brought along to the talk in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday, titled “Exchange Verses: A night of exchange between Christians and Muslims”.

The talk was promoted as an intimate gathering for people to listen to four activists – two Christians and two Muslims – share how their respective religions inspired them to embark on volunteerism. Read more

Harmony and unity in our schools cannot be achieved by the curtailment of rights — Steven Thiru

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY STEVEN THIRU

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru - Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru – Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

JUNE 25 — The Malaysian Bar refers to the report​[1]​ in MalaysiaKini dated June 23, 2015 that attributed the following statements to the Deputy Education Minister YB Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching: “Out of respect to our Muslim friends, we as non-Muslims should avoid eating or drinking in front of our Muslim friends. Non-Muslims need to be show [sic] some discretion on this matter during the fasting month.”

The statements were apparently made in response to the remark reportedly made by a teacher who told non-Muslim students not to drink water in the classroom and if they didn’t have water, they could drink from the taps in the toilet or their own urine instead. Read more