Tag: Press Statement

Freedom of Religion

Sisters in Islam deplores the vehement attacks against YB Nurul Izzah Anwar on her position of freedom of religion at the forum on “Islamic State: Which version? Whose responsibility”. Despite the numerous issues covered in the three-hour forum by a seven-member panel, it is regrettable that the focus has been solely on YB Nurul Izzah’s…

More Consultation in Rape Laws

18 October 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) views with concern the government’s move to introduce a bill which no longer allows judges to impose a bond of good behaviour in statutory rape sentencing. This hurried move, without proper consultation, is not the way forward. The government’s intended action appears a hasty…

Not a Routine Investigation

24 September 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the government’s selective harassment of human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). In the past three months, SUARAM has come under attack by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) and no less than five other government bodies. SUARAM directors, staff and former…

Consider the Needs and Perspectives of Our Young

30 August 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is concerned that “consensual sex” between a young adult and a child can result in a binding over sentence for the perpetrator. While the courts should indeed have discretionary powers in sentencing for statutory rape cases, appeals to the “bright future” of those who…

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) urges Judiciary to Clarify Judgement

29 August 2012 Yesterday, the Court of Appeal unanimously decided to overturn a High Court decision sentencing national bowler, Noor Afizal Azizan to five years in jail for statutory rape. Instead, he is bound over for five years for good behaviour, for a sum of RM25, 000. In his judgment, Court of Appeal President Tan…

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality

29 June 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is alarmed at the escalating level of attacks towards senior lawyer and human rights activist Dato’ Ambiga Sreenivasan who has been subjected to all manner of abuse lately. The latest attack is by Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Aziz who on June 26 had…

Government Appeal on KL High Court Decision on SIS Book

On 25 June 2012, the Court of Appeal will hear the Minister of Home Affairs’ appeal against the High Court decision to lift the ban on a book published by Sisters in Islam (SIS). The book, Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism was first banned by the Government on 21 July 2008. High…

Malaysia’s Questionable Process of Law Reform

14 May 2012 The hasty withdrawal of the bill to amend the Election Offences Act highlights flaws in the system of law making in Malaysia. It shows the lack of genuine public consultation and meaningful parliamentary debate. The bill to amend the Election Offences Act was pushed through the Dewan Rakyat on 19 April 2012,…

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