Category: SIS Press Statement

SIS Outraged on Caning sentence handed to 45-year old Widow

We refer to this article published yesterday: https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/10/419777/otai-prostitute-receive-four-strokes-rotan-undergo-rehabilitation Sisters in Islam (SIS) is outraged at the sentence that has been handed to the 45-year old widow who has pleaded guilty to the charge of preparation for the act of prostitution in Kuala Terengganu yesterday. The Terengganu Syariah High Court had ordered the woman to undergo…

Sisters in Islam’s case a victory as it returns to High Court

The Federal Court today has instructed the fatwa case against Sisters in Islam (SIS) to be returned to the High Court and heard on the basis of its merits. According to SIS Executive Director, Rozana Isa, this is certainly a victory for SIS as it is critical that the judicial review of the fatwa to…

High price to pay for lack of political will

The fact that child marriage continues to happen in Malaysia underscores the reality that the price that girls have to pay for our government’s lack of political will with regards to this issue is a devastating one. Highlighting two recent cases in Tumpat, Kelantan, both involving 15-year-old girls who married men far older than them,…

Diversity and Unity are Blessings to be Celebrated

Looking back, the lead up to GE14 had been one of the most unifying moments in our country’s history. From fresh faces of hope emerging amongst those who have always walked shoulder to shoulder us, to campaign speeches of ambitions that bravely went into the night – it did not matter what background we came…

Walk the Talk to End Child Marriage

Over 200 students and members of the public turned up for a rally today in a roaring show of support to end child marriage in Bandar Sunway. The event, jointly organised by The Body Shop Malaysia, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Sisters in Islam (SIS), and the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), marked the launch of…

Do Not Use Islam to Justify Child Marriage

Sisters in Islam (SIS) upholds that there can be no acceptable circumstance which can allow child marriage to take place in our country today, given our ambitions for comprehensive and inclusive socio-economic progress and modernity. It is therefore imperative that the government is seen to lead a cultural and social mind shift in order to ensure…

The Time Must Fit the Crime

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is outraged on the lax penalty doled out to Mohd Redzuan Zakarian who has been found guilty of molesting his five year old pupil last year. The victim had complained of experiencing pain on her private parts after returning from religious classes at the accused’s house in Sungai Besi on Feb 9, 2017. The mother examined her…

Move to Ban Child Marriage in Malaysia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) welcomes with great earnest the efforts of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to sign a decree that would ban child marriage in the country, and strongly urges the Malaysian government to make positive steps to move in the same direction. According to Widodo, two ministries, the Coordinating Ministry for Human development and…

Don’t Judge Women for Their Clothing

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is extremely concerned about the recent crackdown conducted by the Kelantan Islamic Affairs Department (JAHEAIK) and the Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB) on women wearing ‘tight,’ ‘sexy’ or ‘indecent’ attire. To date, over 20 notices and summonses have been issued against women for the way they were dressed in an operation…