Category: JAG Press Statement

Child Bride Falls Between The Cracks For Lack of Political Will

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is outraged that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Women, Family and Community Development Minister, still insists that further investigation is needed to gather evidence in order to charge the 41-year-old Kelantanese man who married an 11-year-old Thai girl.…

JAG Calls for new Muslim Family Law and Public Hearings

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) calls for a new model Muslim Family Law based on the principles of justice and equality to deal with the realities of changing times and circumstances affecting Muslim men, women and the family institution in Malaysia today. JAG therefore calls on Parliament to establish a Parliamentary Select…

AWL’s Press Statement – on the need to criminalise marital rape

We refer to the news item carried by the Malaysiakini news portal dated 10.6.2015. It was reported that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, YB Nancy Shukri had in her parliamentary written reply, confirmed the retention of the exception under Section 375 of the Penal Code, relating to marital rape. This effectively means that…

Women’s Groups Condemn Death Threats against ADUN Syerleena Abdul Rashid

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) condemns in the strongest terms the death threats made against Seri Delima Assemblyperson Syerleena Abdul Rashid. JAG recalls similar threats made in the past, notably against former BERSIH 2.0 chair and current MP Maria Chin Abdullah, and MP Teresa Kok. We are concerned at the trend of…

End Child Marriage Now!

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the marriage of an 11-year-old girl as the third wife to a 41-year-old Malaysian man that went viral on social media yesterday and strongly calls for the authorities to investigate this matter. Child marriage is not an obligation (not wajib) nor encouraged by Islam (not…

Gross Violation of Children’s Rights in Kelantan

The Joint Action Group on Gender Equality (JAG) is appalled and disgusted to learn that indecent photos and videos of a Malay school girl and boy allegedly from Kelantan are currently being circulated via social media. JAG strongly objects to the way the school children were raided and made to display themselves in the nude…

JAG Congratulates Dr Wan Azizah

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) would like to express our heartiest congratulations to YAB Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for her appointment as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, following her win in the recent 14th General Elections. Her appointment was announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday and…

One-Third Women’s Representation Needed in Cabinet and State EXCO

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) congratulates the Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, on his successful appointment as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia, and to Pakatan Harapan on being the new Federal Government of Malaysia. It is indeed a new era with the promise of much needed institutional and structural reforms. We…

Let SUHAKAM Monitor GE14

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is appalled that SUHAKAM’s application to monitor Malaysia’s 14th General Elections has been denied by the Election Commission (EC). We strongly believe that this move, which obstructs an effort to ensure good governance practices, is done in bad faith and against the best interest of the election…

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