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Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) Endorses the Proposed Social Inclusion Act 2012 (SIA 2012) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2012 23:17

gbm-logo1. Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia [GBM], the Coalition 25 Civil Society organizations (list below), fully endorses the Social Inclusion Act {SIA, 2012} proposed by Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia [SABM] and the National Human Rights Society [HAKAM].


2. Today, almost forty percent of Malaysians are still trapped in the inter-generational cycle of poverty and inequality. Poor and Low Income households comprising 12 million citizens lack the capability to overcome the multi-dimensional disadvantages they face on a daily basis. Vulnerable individuals and groups, citizens and non-citizens alike, continue to encounter prejudice and discrimination, and remain marginalized.


3. The proposed SIA is in line with GBM's Charter that states - “There must be equitable distribution of wealth, to eradicate poverty, end marginalization and ensure the welfare of the People. Any affirmative action must be based on needs and not ethnicity.”


4. We believe this legislation contains key proposals that would go a long way towards achieving the goal of a just, equitable and inclusive society as envisioned in the Rukunegara promulgated on 31 August 1970.


5. In this regard, GBM calls upon all political parties to undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed legislation and to seriously consider adopting it for implementation. The specific proposal to establish an independent Social Inclusion Commission accountable directly to Parliament merits serious consideration as it is designed to address the issues of poverty and marginalization in a non-partisan, accountable and transparent manner.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 23:34
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Launch of the Social Inclusion Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:31

abm-siaBy Farida Jivamala Ibrahim

 

Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) and National Human Rights Society (HAKAM) unveiled at their media conference on 14 August at Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall a document that offers for our society possibly the most durable passage out of abject poverty and marginalization: The Draft Social Inclusion Act (SIA 2012). (Click on highlighted link to download.)

 

In their media statement highlighting the need for such an Act, SABM and HAKAM pointed out that the vision to achieve a just, equitable and inclusive society as enshrined in the Rukunegara proclaimed on 31st August 1970 had yet to be realized, almost 42 years on.

HAKAM’s Malik Imtiaz Sarwar stressed that today almost 40% of Anak Bangsa Malaysia are still trapped in the inter-generational cycle of poverty and inequality. “Give power to marginalized society,” he called. “Give them the means to help themselves.”

 

Malik Imtiaz said the urgent need is to focus on long-term solutions to bring about a socially just and more inclusive society and not temporary measures like “handouts and 1-shirt fits all prescriptions which are but temporary and will not lift our people from the societal quagmire.”

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Social Inclusion Agenda for the Nation (Bilingual) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 21:34

abm-siaAgenda Perangkuman Sosial untuk Negara

 

Wawasan untuk mencapai sebuah masyarakat yang adil, saksama dan inklusif telah termaktub dalam Rukunegara yang diisytiharkan pada 31 Ogos 1970. Setelah hampir 42 tahun sejak itu, ternyata kita masih jauh dari melaksanakan serta menjayakan wawasan yang telah digariskan dalam dokumen bersejarah tersebut.

 

Kini, hampir 40 peratus Anak Bangsa Malaysia masih lagi terperangkap di dalam kitar kemiskinan dan ketaksamarataan yang diwarisi dan diturunkan dari satu generasi ke generasi yang lain. 12 juta warganegara Malaysia tergolong dalam kumpulan isi rumah berpendapatan rendah dan miskin dan tidak mempunyai keupayaan untuk mengatasi kekurangan serta kelemahan yang terpaksa mereka hadapi setiap hari. Individu dan kumpulan yang paling hampir dengan setiap masalah ini tidak kira sama ada warganegara atau bukan warganegara, sering ditindas dan masih terpinggir.

 

Jurang perbezaan antara 40% isi rumah terbawah dan ahli masyarakat yang lain kian meningkat. Mereka terperangkap dalam pelbagai kekurangan yang lahir disebabkan asas aset yang rendah. Ini termasuk tahap pendidikan dan kemahiran yang rendah, kesihatan dan nutrisi yang kurang memuaskan; dan persekitaran hidup yang tidak menyeluruh atau lengkap.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 23:03
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July 16, 2012: We have not forgotten PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:01

ANOTHER year has passed,

And still we do not know the truth.

We will not rest till justice is done!

 

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That was the resolve with which a group of Anak Bangsa Malaysia,

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:21
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Not the last goodbye - 16th July 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:13

By Farida Jivamala Ibrahim


Teoh Beng Hock : death number 1804;  died while in custody on 16th July, 2009.


He can never come back but he matters still.  His little one, growing up without a Dad – he matters too.

 

R. Gunasegaran : death number 1805; died in custody on the same  day in 2009.

 

Nothing can ever bring him back but he matters too,  like his sister, striving to redeem his name.

 

They all matter  - the 1,805 Malaysians who, between 2003 and 16th July 2009 according to a ministerial reply in Parliament, died while in the custody of the state.


We have only the names of  50, among them Syed Fadzil Syed Hamzah - death number 6; S.Hendry - death number 928; Liziana binti Mohd Kamal - death number 1330 and Chai Hong Yik - death number 1631.


What of the remaining 1,755? Who were they? What of their families, struggling with grief, waiting for a closure that will not come?


We do not know. What little we read and hear about is horrifying –  the cruel punches, brutal kicks, relentless beatings, unstoppable strangleholds, mental and verbal assaults … and more.


There must have been the screams of anguish, the pleas to stop, the indescribable pain, a welcomed unconsciousness, and then the stillness of the body and the ending of a life.


They were our own – Anak Bangsa Malaysia. They died in circumstances most questionable and from treatment most vile, in this country they called and we call ‘home’.


And because we looked away, the numbers grew.


Only we, through remembering, through vigilance, through outrage,  can do the very thing we failed to do before.


We must protect our own.

 


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As the sweltering heat of the day gave way to a gentle breeze, the faithful gathered by the river as many had done the previous year.


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