Violence against women in Malaysia — Awam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY THE ALL WOMEN’S ACTION SOCIETY

MARCH 8 — This International Women’s Day, we note with pleasure the international upsurge in public condemnation of influential individuals involved in cases of sexual harassment. This marks a great step forward in tackling an issue that has long plagued the public sphere, and we hope that more people are encouraged to step forward and speak their truth.

However, pinning the blame on individual perpetrators is not enough. These incidences of sexual harassment cannot be isolated from the social and cultural norms within which they are rooted. Sexual harassment is also just one of the ways that the patriarchy exacts violence against women. Read more

Five-star reviews flood ‘Hotline Jais’ app after claim it will be removed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Application has 4,803 five-star and 60 one-star user reviews at the time of writing. Pic from the MMO.

The Application has 4,803 five-star and 60 one-star user reviews at the time of writing. Pic from the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — Over 4,000 five-star reviews were posted for the “Hotline Jais” mobile app after an online message alleged Google will remove it today over complaints of privacy violations.

The app by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), which enables the public to report suspected Shariah offences,

, giving it an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

“Very good app. It will help prevent immorality [sic] activities in the society. Easier for mosleem to get information about JAIS and other Islamic department activities. Good app to deal with.. keep it up. ‘Kafir sila jgn sibuk ya’.. mind ur own bussiness,” a user called Keroll Baree posted Monday. Read more

Beauty will not meet her Beast after all in Malaysia

Source: FMT News

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

PETALING JAYA: Just when we thought Beauty and her Beast could come out to play, it looks like they will have to stay behind closed doors now that the local distributor has decided to shelve the release of the movie indefinitely despite getting the green light from the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) .

“Beauty and the Beast” met with controversy recently when its director Bill Condon revealed that the movie contained a “nice exclusive gay moment” involving one its characters.

Speaking to The Associated Press, LPF chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid confirmed that the controversial homosexual scene had been axed as it was deemed inappropriate to Malaysian audiences, and the movie given a PG13 rating, requiring that children below 13 years of age be accompanied by a parent.

“We have approved it but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie,” Abdul Halim told AP.

He also said the film’s distributor The Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd had not appealed to the LPF about their decision to cut the gay scene. Read more

Malaysia allows Beauty and the Beast screening but censors ‘gay moment’

Source: Asian Correspondent

Director of the movie Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken pose with cast members Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Director of the movie Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken pose with cast members Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

MALAYSIA will allow Beauty and the Beast to be shown in cinemas, after reports on Monday its release would be postponed indefinitely.

Disney Malaysia confirmed the premiere and the film’s release on Thursday would be delayed after objections from the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF).

Release of the film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, was reportedly on hold for “internal review” by authorities.

SEE ALSO: Film censorship is being used to quell discourse in Malaysia

Later in the day, however, LPF chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid told The Star Online “the film has been approved with a P13 parental guidance classification, with a minor cut.”

The authorities had made a minor edit on the film after concerns about a “gay moment.”

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon told gay lifestyle magazine Attitude this month the film would feature “a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

Local cinema companies Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and TGV Cinemas were offering refunds for Malaysian customers who had already bought tickets.

The GSC website still reads “movie not available” where the synopsis of Beauty and the Beast should be. Read more

Gay wujud sebelum ‘Beauty and the Beast’ lagi, kata Nazri

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Mac — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz menyelar penangguhan tayangan filem Beauty and the Beast, menyifatkan ia tindakan tidak masuk akal.

Menteri pelancongan dan kebudayaan berkata penonton filem seharusnya diberi pilihan membuat keputusan untuk menonton filem yang digemari.

“Saya rasa ia mengarut. Maksud saya ia sebahagian daripada cerita dan kita tidak perlu menirunya.

“Kita tidak melarang sesebuah filem kerana watak gay.

“Sebelum ini tanpa watak gay dalam Beauty and the Beast, sudah ada golongan itu di dunia. Saya tidak fikir ia akan mempengaruhi sesiapa.

“Kita perlu berfikir. Kita mesti membenarkan penonton untuk membuat keputusan,” katanya.

Filem yang dijadual ditayangkan Khamis ini, di Malaysia ditangguhkan selepas kontroversi watak gay. Read more

Watak gay, Malaysia tangguh tayang ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

PETALING JAYA, 13 Mac — Filem Beauty and the Beast ditangguhkan tayangannya, yang dijadual Khamis ini, di Malaysia selepas kontroversi watak gay.

Pengedarnya Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd berkata penangguhan filem itu untuk “semakan dalaman”, lapor portal Star Online petang ini.

Tiada penjelasan lanjut diberikan berhubung penangguhan itu dan tarikh baru tayangan filem klasik Walt Disney itu tidak dapat dipastikan.

Semakan terkini jadual tayangan mendapati filem itu ditarik balik daripada rangkaian panggung-panggung utama negara ini.

Filem itu, bikinan semula animasi Walt Disney pada 1991, dibintangi pelakon popular Emma Watson yang memegang watak Belle dan Luke Evans sebagai Gaston.

Kontroversi timbul apabila watak LeFou, yang dibawa Josh Gad, digambarkan oleh pengarahnya Bill Condon “yang mahu mencium Gaston.”

Orientasi seks watak tersebut hanya terdedah sekelip mata dalam tarian akhir Beauty and the Beast, dan penonton mungkin tidak perasan, lapor The Guardian. Read more

Jais’ new app: A peep into moral policing

Source: Aliran

Hotline Jais app.

Hotline Jais app.

Rampant corruption, jarring income inequality and deforestation are among the serious moral issues that should not escape the attention of religious bodies such as Jais, says Mustafa K Anuar.

In an apparent frenzy to burnish Malaysia’s Islamic credentials, the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) has recently resorted to modern communications technology to encourage Muslims to help police the morals of the Muslim community.

A mobile app – called Hotline Jais – that is available on Android devices enables members of the public to report suspected Sharia-related crimes such as khalwat (close proximity) and “deviant Islamic teachings”, at a faster rate. In other words, the kind of reporting that is supposedly driven by the spirit of amar makruf nahi mungkar (urging on what is good, and rejecting evil).

Such an innovation also means that Jais is relying on vigilantes among members of the public to help monitor – and catch – potential offenders of Sharia. Therein lies the rub. Read more

A peep into moral policing — Dr. Mustafa K. Anuar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

By Dr. Mustafa K. Anuar

Dr. Mustafa K Anuar is a fellow at Penang Institute. Pic taken from the Malay Mail Online

Dr. Mustafa K Anuar is a fellow at Penang Institute. Pic taken from the Malay Mail Online

OCT 12 — In an apparent frenzy to burnish Malaysia’s Islamic credentials, the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) has recently resorted to modern communications technology to encourage Muslims to help police the morals of the Muslim community.

A mobile app – called “Hotline Jais” – that is available on Android devices enables members of the public to report suspected Shariah-related crimes, such as khalwat (close proximity) and “deviant Islamic teachings”, at a faster rate.

In other words, the kind of reporting that is supposedly driven by the spirit of amar makruf nahi mungkar (urging on what is good, and rejecting evil).

Such an innovation also means that JAIS is relying on vigilantes to help monitor – and catch – potential offenders of Shariah with members of the general public. Therein lies the rub. Read more