Tag: Impact of Extremism on Women

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…

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…

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…

SIS Challenges Fatwa on Liberalism and Pluralism

Sisters in Islam (SIS) has filed a judicial review on a gazetted fatwa in Selangor declaring SIS as subscribing to “religious liberalism and pluralism”, and therefore deviating from the teachings of Islam. The fatwa allows for any publications deemed “liberal and plural” to be banned and seized. In addition, it calls for any form of…

Ceasing Restaurants during Ramadan, Not a Solution

On 23 May 2017, the Terengganu state government has ordered that food premises should cease operation during fasting hours. Ghazali Taib, the State Exco for Communication, Multimedia and Special Function said that State government has issued directive to religious department to monitor entrepreneurs at Ramadan bazaars and restaurants by allowing business owners to start operating…

Why RUU355 is not a law with feminist ideals

Contrary to what Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki claims, feminists should not and will not support the proposed amendments to Act 355 or better known by it’s Malay abbreviation, RUU355. Feminism does not aim to achieve justice and equality through imposing higher punishments. It instead, aims to achieve substantive equality…

Deployment of Police Officers to JAIS Reflects Misplaced Priorities

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) questions the need of the decision by The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to conduct a pilot project which places two police officers and a Sergeant at the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) to assist in the enforcement of Syariah laws. We are especially concerned as PDRM is…

Kod Pakaian Terengganu Kenyataan Akhbar

Peraturan yang dikenakan oleh Kerajaan Terengganu terhadap wanita Islam yang mewajibkan mereka memakai tudung memang sudah diduga oleh Sisters In Islam. Seperti Kerajaan Pas di Kelantan, Taliban di Afghanistan, dan para ulama konservatif yang pernah menguasai Iran, parti-parti Islam yang menang dan berkuasa memang selalunya memilih untuk mengatur dan mengawal pakaian dan kehidupan sosial wanita…

Islam, Apostasy and PAS

Sisters in Islam views with concern the continuing attempt by the PAS Member of Parliament Tuan Haji Abdul Hadi Awang to move a private member’s bill in Parliament to impose the death sentence for apostasy. In recent interviews with the foreign press in particular, PAS has adopted the language of democracy, human rights, freedom of…

Islam, Murtad dan PAS

Sisters in Islam amat khuatir dengan percubaan yang berterusan oleh Ahli Parlimen dari PAS Tuan Haji Abdul Hadi Awang untuk membentangkan cadangan rang undang-undang ahli biasa di Parlimen bagi mengenakan hukuman mati atas kesalahan murtad. Dalam temuramah mereka, terutama dengan wartawan asing, PAS menggunakan bahasa demokrasi berpandukan hak asasi manusia, kebebasan berpendapat, keadilan dan kesaksamaan.…