Category: SIS Press Statement

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…

Remembering Our Humanity on Aidil Adha – Love, Perseverance and Respect

The brutal attack against a transgender woman in Seremban just a week ago is a disturbing sign of times for Malaysia Baharu. The victim, who was attacked by eight men, suffered broken ribs, internal injuries and wounds on her back and head which required 7 stitches. The motive of the attack was simply disgust towards…

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…

An Inspirational Role Model

One would be hard pressed to find a more formidable image of a woman fighting for the rights of Malaysian women than that of the late Tan Sri Napsiah Omar as she stood her ground when confronted by naysayers in the corridors of the Parliament building. The year was 1994, and Tan Sri Napsiah was…

Telenisa Reports Increase in Fasakh and Domestic Violence Cases for 2017

8 March 2018 – Telenisa, a free legal clinic run by Sisters in Islam, has recorded an increase in their number of clients seeking fasakh, from 62 clients in 2016 to 137 clients in 2017. Fasakh is a method of divorce that is initiated by a Muslim woman, and is granted through a Court Order. The wife may file for…

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