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Malaysians Deserve Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment and Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 November 2011 12:16

 

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We, the undersigned civil society organisations and members of the Seksualiti Merdeka (Sexuality Independence) coalition stronglycondemn the attacks on the annual festival by PERKASA, Hindu Sangam and PAS Youth. We call upon the state authorities to ensure the security and rights of all human rights defenders in the country, including those from the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community.


We are deeply concerned about the security of LGBTIQ communities and the activists who have been advocating for intimidation and harassments against them to cease. The LGBTIQ community continues to be subjected to harassment, threats and violent attacks largely due to the lack of recognition of their rights.


In Malaysia, as across the region, homosexuality remains criminalised and punishable by severe prison sentences. Seksualiti Merdekais an annual sexuality rights festival held in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from the annual festival, Seksualiti Merdeka also organises workshops, talks and film screenings to create awareness among Malaysians to understand the community better and to respect their freedom to freely express their sexual orientation and gender identity without conformity to any prescribed set of norms.


The UN Human Rights Council has on numerous occasions expressly stated that homosexuality is protected by Article 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) as a special status of non-discrimination and urged states to pass anti-discrimination legislation that expressly includes sexual orientation as a protected ground.

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Debate with Mat Sabu, not prosecute him PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 23:04

mat_sabuWE, the undersigned civil society organisations, collectively register our utter disgust over the prosecution of PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu under Section 505 of the Penal Code with uttering statements tantamount to public mischief. He was even briefly arrested last night.


Charging Sabu goes against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's pledge to promote openness and democracy on Malaysia Day.


It raises questions over the sincerity of PM Najib in announcing a series of reforms including amendment of the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA), whether he has full control on the police or both.


We urge the government to immediately drop the politically-motivated charge of Sabu and stop intimidating dissidents who oppose and challenge official history and ideology.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 23:15
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Draft: Social Inclusion Act PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Sunday, 05 January 2014 17:20

sabm-sia-website1HERE'S the crux of what we are pushing for:


“Social inclusion” is a process which ensures that those at risk of poverty and social exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to participate fully in economic, social and cultural life and to enjoy a standard of living and well-being that is considered normal in the society in which they live. It ensures that they have a greater participation in decision making which affects their lives and access to their fundamental rights.


- from Part 1, Preliminary (Interpretation) of the proposed Social Inclusion Act.


To download and read a copy of the latest draft (pdf), please go here:


Draft Social Inclusion Act - Feb 14, 2014 (English)

Akta Keterangkuman Sosial - Feb 14, 2014 (Bahasa Malaysia)


 

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014 08:58
 
Malaysia Backtracking on Poverty Commitment PDF Print E-mail
Written by admin   
Monday, 06 July 2020 14:32

Malaysia Backtracking on Poverty Commitment

 

New York (6 July 2020) – “Malaysia’s new Government has performed a backflip on its predecessors’ commitment to take poverty seriously,” said Philip Alston, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, whose report from an official visit last year was released today.

 

Following the visit to Malaysia in August 2019, Alston found that the national poverty rate of just 0.4 per cent, the lowest in the world, was based on a statistical sleight of hand. Government officials, including the then-Prime Minister, committed to revising the national poverty line. However, the new Government’s response to Alston’s final report throws that commitment into doubt, stating that it “stands by [the] absolute poverty rate.”

 

“The Government’s reversal is deeply concerning because the current line is inadequate and almost universally considered to be misleadingly low,” Alston said. “The insistence that the line is ‘derived from internationally accepted standards’ is a smokescreen and ignores the blatant mismatch between reality and statistics. Pretending that almost no-one in the entire country lives in poverty doesn’t change the reality that millions are poor. Saving face is one thing, but distorting the facts is quite another.”

 

“Malaysia has made impressive progress against poverty in the past forty years, but its continued use of an outdated and unrealistic poverty line obscures the troubling reality that millions scrape by on very low incomes, a situation only made worse by COVID-19.” The national poverty line of RM 980 (US$235) per household per month would see an urban family of four surviving on RM 8 (less than US$2), per person per day.

“If the Government wants to eradicate poverty, revising the poverty line is just step one,” Alston said. “Progress will require a better understanding of the nature of poverty, especially in urban areas, improved social policies, and a new approach towards long-neglected populations that face higher rates of poverty.”

 

“Millions of non-citizens are disproportionately affected by poverty, including migrants, refugees, stateless people and unregistered Malaysians, who are systematically excluded from official poverty figures, neglected by policymakers and often effectively barred from basic services. Migrant workers make up a sizeable part of the overall population and have been central to the country’s economic success. Yet they have deliberately been left in a regulatory grey zone that facilitates sometimes scandalous abuses and generally poor conditions.”

 

“Indigenous peoples continue to face discrimination despite laudable commitments to promote their rights. Government officials misunderstand or dismiss their goals and ways of life with alarming regularity.” Indigenous peoples have far higher rates of poverty than the general population and experience widespread violations of their rights, appropriation of their land, and exclusion from social support.

 

Women in Malaysia shoulder a disproportionate share of housework, have an exceptionally low rate of workforce participation, are disproportionally stuck in lower-level jobs and are paid less than men. And people with disabilities face widespread discrimination and obstacles that prevent them from participating in society on an equal basis with others.

 

“The Government should institute far-reaching reforms of the fractured and patchy social protection system to ensure that the needs of people living in poverty are comprehensively addressed, with a social protection floor for all,” Alston said. “COVID-19 has demonstrated that anyone can lose a job through no fault of their own, and reinforced the absolute necessity of strong support programs.”

 

“Key poverty-related data is often inaccessible or even non-existent, which is counterproductive and leaves policymakers and researchers essentially working in the dark. Unlike many comparable countries, Malaysia does not provide full access to household survey microdata, and does not collect information on the size of certain vulnerable populations.”

 

The former Rapporteur visited Malaysia from 13 to 23 August 2019. He travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Sarawak, Sabah, and Kelantan, and met state and federal Government officials, international agencies, civil society, academics, and people affected by poverty in urban and rural areas. He visited a soup kitchen, a women’s shelter, a children’s crisis centre, low-cost housing flats, a disability centre, indigenous communities and informal settlements and schools.

 

“Overall, while Malaysia has achieved progress against poverty, unless the new Government takes a different approach, the job will remain painfully incomplete,” Alston said. “The Government has a real opportunity to become a true champion of poverty reduction by improving the lives of many facing hardship, providing those in poverty with the support they need and ensuring that the country’s economic growth is truly inclusive and benefits the entire population.”

 

Alston’s successor, Olivier De Schutter, is scheduled to present the report to the UN Human Rights Council on 7 July.


A PDF of the statement is available here.

Photos from the visit to Malaysia are available for journalists’ use at https://srpoverty.org/country-visits/malaysia/.

For media requests, contact Rebecca Riddell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Bassam Khawaja ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

The report’s presentation will be live-streamed at http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/human-rights-council/.


Philip Alston is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he chairs the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights between 2014-2020. As Special Rapporteur, he was part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. The current Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights is Olivier De Schutter.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2020 14:42
 
Memorandum to SPB Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (BM/Eng) PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Thursday, 14 July 2011 01:13

Bersih-2.01Mengadap Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, yang bersemayam di atas takhta kerajaan Malaysia dengan segala kebesaran dan kemuliaannya.


Assalamu`alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh


Ampun Tuanku Beribu-ribu Ampun,


Patik sekalian merafak sembah Kebawah Duli Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong memohon izin untuk mengusulkan rayuan kami mengenai penambahbaikan sistem dan proses pilihanraya di Malaysia.


Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku,

 

Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil 2.0 (BERSIH 2.0) yang disertai enam puluh dua (62) badan-badan masyarakat madani menjunjung kasih Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong di atas perkenan kami mengadap pada 5 Julai 2011 lalu.


BERSIH 2.0 percaya sudah tiba masanya menambahbaik pilihanraya di Malaysia. Demokrasi yang berjaya adalah demokrasi yang dibina berlandaskan pilihanraya yang bersih, bebas dan adil. Hak untuk mengundi termaktub di bawah Artikel 21 Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat (UDHR). Mengundi adalah penting bagi membolehkan rakyat mempunyai suara yang aktif dalam kerajaan dan untuk memastikan perlindungan hak asasi yang lain.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2011 01:46
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