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GBM Statement: Stopping the Culture of Crossover

15 May, 2018

Stopping the Culture of Crossover

The recently concluded 14th General Elections brought about a historical transformation for Malaysia as well as for the region. It marked the first peaceful transition of power from the monopoly of the hitherto ruling party since Independence. However, barely a day after the new Prime Minister was sworn-in, many are flabbergasted by the attempted crossovers of MPs and state assembly persons.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) views this political crossover phenomenon with much concern and apprehension.

The rakyat had given Pakatan Harapan the mandate to rule because they wanted a clean break from the past. GBM considers the unconditional acceptance of these crossover MPs and ADUNs to the PH ranks as a betrayal of the rakyat’s trust.

GBM strongly objects to this culture of party-hopping because we envisage a competitive multi-party competition in future elections rather than a monopoly by a single coalition. The probable decimation of BN would only result in a new opposition that is more extreme in its politics and ideologies. We look forward to a strong and credible opposition who would keep a check on the political process and the rule of law.

GBM also wishes to draw to the attention of the state and … [Read more]

Giro D’Italia (Kenyataan Akhbar)

*Kenyataan Akhbar Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Malaysia*

7 Mac 20181.      Satu perlumbaan basikal termasyur Giro D’Italia dibawah naungan pertubuhan berbasikal antarabangsa Union Cycliste Internasionale (UCI) akan bermula di Jerusalem pada 4 Mei 2018.

2. Kerajaan Israel telah membayar sejumlah wang yang lumayan kepada pengelola perlumbaan ini untuk memastikan ia bermula dari Jerusalem.  Ini merupakan propaganda Israel untuk meyakinkan  dunia bahawa Jerusalem adalah ibukota Israel.
3.      Tindakan ini bertentangan dengan undang-undang antarabangsa termasuk resolusi 21 Disember 2017 Perhimpunan Agung PBB ES-10/L.22 yang mengecam  pengumuman Presiden Donald Trump yang mengiktiraf Jerusalem sebagai ibu negara Israel. Malaysia termasuk negara yang membantah keras pengumuman Trump ini.
4. Peringkat pertama melalui Wilayah Jerusalem mengiktiraf penguasaan haram Israel ke atas kota itu. Sementara laluan  ketiga di Wilayah Negev, Selatan Israel mengaburi mata dunia terhadap penindasan Israel ke atas komuniti Arab Badwi di kawasan tersebut sejak 1948.
5.      Selain dari kerajaan dan Majlis Perbandaran Israel, Giro d’Italia juga menerima tajaan daripada syarikat-syarikat Israel yang turut melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa kerana beroperasi di wilayah Palestin yang dijajah.
6.     Israel menyalah guna Giro d’Italia sebagai acara global meraikan ulangtahun ke-70 penubuhan Israel. Walhal Mei 1948 merupakan malapetaka (an-Nakbah)  sejarah dunia apabila 700,000 rakyat … [Read more]

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM): Call to all Political Parties to Commit to Inclusive National Unity

7 February 2018

 

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM):  Call to all Political Parties to Commit to Inclusive National Unity

 

Introduction

We are a coalition of NGOs comprising various ethnic, religious, lingual, profession and socio-economic backgrounds from all states of Malaysia. Our diversity is our strength that allows us to work together on a common platform for a “Better Malaysia”, a place we all call home.

The history of GBM echoes the birth of our country and its quest for sovereignty when our past leaders successfully won independence by struggling as one united nation against British colonial rule.

However, GBM is saddened by the withering of this spirit of togetherness and muhibbah as exemplified by our forefathers.  In recent times, our national public space has been defiled with racial and religious hate speeches, with hardly any censure from the authorities and if left unchecked, threatens our national unity and social cohesion.

This is expected to deteriorate with the upcoming 14th General Elections (GE14). The run up to GE14 is already suggesting that the 2018 polls will be the most hostile ever.

It is with this concern that we call upon all … [Read more]

#IAmHadiza (Press Release)

Press Release
4 Feb 2018
ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (IMAM)
#IAmHadiza
The Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) views with utmost concern and consternation over the improprieties in the case involving a colleague doctor and trainee paediatrician, Dr Hadiza Bawa Garba in the current UK medico-legal debacle.
A UK jury on 4 Nov 2015, after 25 hours deliberation, convicted her of “gross negligence manslaughter” for the avoidable death of a six year old Down’s Syndrome child.
And apparently it seems, to restore public confidence in the medical profession, the General Medical Council (GMC) of the UK recently, permanently struck Bawa Garba off the medical register.
This gross mismanagement of Bawa Garba’s case has convulsed the medical fraternity globally and thousands have tweeted their support with #IAmHadiza.
The working conditions on that unfortunate day was exceptionally bad, which is not all that uncommon in many hospital scenarios worldwide, Malaysia included.
Bawa Garba, apart from her own clinical work had to cover the patient load of two other doctors and a third doctor, her consultant in charge who was away teaching. She was looking after six wards, spanning four floors, covering paediatric patients in two surgical wards and providing clinical consult to midwives and GP calls. … [Read more]

Joint Declaration of the International Consortium for Rohingya (ICR)

The Rohingya Muslims, who comprise 5% of the population in Burma, are the innocent victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

The UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that “the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

Despite constituting a considerable percentage of the Burmese population, they are deprived of citizenship, let alone to live as Muslims and raise their children according to the rules of Islam.

They do not possess any weapons, yet they are attacked by soldiers equipped with fatal weapons employing disproportionate force.

Unfortunately, children, girls, mothers, women, the old and infirmed are not spared of this inhuman massacre.

The Rohingyas have been deprived of their basic human rights and freedom which is enshrined in the “Universal Human Rights Declaration” signed by all UN member states.

We, the participant NGOs of the Consultation Meeting co-hosted by AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Turkey), UNIW (Union of NGOs in the Muslim World) and AKFP (Al-Khidmat Foundation, Pakistan), hereby pledge to help the oppressed Rohingya people, towards ending the atrocities perpetrated by the Burmese government, racist … [Read more]

STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROHINGYAS IN MYANMAR

PRESS RELEASE BY MUSLIM PROFESSIONALS FORUM (MPF)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STOP THE GENOCIDE OF THE ROHINGYAS IN MYANMAR

 

1 September 2017 / Eidul Adha 1438

 

The current genocide of the Rohingyas by Myanmarese forces has captured world attention. Civil societies around the world are outraged by the daily images of the brutal atrocities flooding mainstream and other media.

In a chilling UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report dated 3 February 2017, mass gang rape, slaughtering of babies and children, torture and inhuman treatment were detailed.

The past week has witnessed yet another wave of military crackdown on the Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state killing an estimated 3 thousand civilians. 10 thousand homes and shops were razed to the ground, creating thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Forced to flee their homes for the nearest country, scores are now trapped between two countries and wanted by neither.

The devastating cruelty described by the UN as “very likely commission of crimes against humanity”” follows a long standing and systematic persecution of Rohingyas. Decades of abuses, violations, discriminatory policies, exclusion and marginalization has rendered them the most persecuted people in the world.

The deafening silence of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her government’s repeated refusal to allow … [Read more]

Civil Society Condemns Death Threats Against Bersih 2.0 Leaders

24 October 2016
Civil Society Condemns Death Threats Against Bersih 2.0 Leaders

We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely appalled and strongly condemn the death threats against the chairperson of Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin and her three children, former Chair of Bersih 2.0 and current president of National Human Rights Society, Ambiga Sreenevasan and Bersih 2.0 staff, Mandeep Singh. Following these threats on October 18, the car of one of Maria’s sons was splashed with red paint and chicken blood on October 20.

These deplorable death threats were received by Maria Chin via whatsapp messages in which the faces of all those named above were superimposed next to a person holding a knife over their heads.

Since the organizers launched the nationwide convoys to mobilize support for Bersih 5 rally on November 19, threats and attacks have been escalating. These came immediately after a series of attacks by red shirted thugs led by UMNO’s Sungai Besar division chief Jamal Md Yunus after he failed to stop the Bersih convoys. The sequence of events suggests a systematic and coordinated plan to stop Bersih 2.0 through physical violence culminating in death threats to instill fear in Bersih leaders and staff and the general public.

More alarming is the … [Read more]

Response of the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam)* on Issues Surrounding Termination of Pregnancy (Top) of Women Infected with the Zika Virus

9 September 2016
 
PRESS STATEMENT
RESPONSE OF THE ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (IMAM)* ON ISSUES SURROUNDING TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY (TOP) OF WOMEN INFECTED WITH THE ZIKA VIRUS
1.     IMAM takes serious cognizance of the aforementioned issues as deliberated by both the Mufti of the Federal Territories (http://www.muftiwp.gov.my/index.php/perkhidmatan-s/bl/1165-bayan-linnas-siri-68-hukum-hukum-berkaitan-virus-zika) and the Minister of Health (http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/09/06/subra-on-abortions-for-those-with-zika/).
2.     The obstetrician & gynaecologist is often in a dilemma when presented with circumstances involving TOP because it involves the professional code of ethics, whereby one promises to save and protect lives throughout one’s professional career.
3.     TOP is a major issue not only within medical circles but also within the context of bio-ethics and religion. In Islam, two higher objectives of the Islamic jurisprudence (Maqasid Shari’ah), is the preservation and protection of life (Hifz an-Nafs) and progeny (Hifz an-Nasl).
4.     IMAM urges that any recommendations or decisions about TOP in Zika infected pregnant women is managed with extreme care and sensitivity to avoid any misunderstandings and injustice to the patient and the foetus.
5.     The presence of legal statutes and clinical recommendations on TOP from the relevant authorities provides a general guideline … [Read more]

BDS Malaysia on planned FIFA Congress 2017

BDS Malaysia salutes the decision of the Malaysian government to maintain its stance of not allowing representatives of Israel to attend any meeting in Malaysia including the planned FIFA congress in May 2017. This is in line and in the spirit of BDS Israel, an international call by civil societies across the globe to boycott and isolate Israel for its continued oppression of the Palestinians.
(http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/165129/better-malaysia-not-host-fifa-congress-says-zahid)

BDA Malaysia wishes to remind everyone that Israel has kept Palestinians under a brutal military occupation and they have been subjected to countless atrocities for decades, including genocide and ethnic cleansing. Israel has also flouted international law on many occasions and continues to maintain an apartheid policy despite repeated condemnations by the international community.

The sacrifice of not being able to host the FIFA congress is minuscule compared to the sufferings of millions of Palestinians living in Israel, under occupation in the West bank and under siege in Gaza. Then there are those in diaspora unable to return to their land and homes despite being granted that right under international law.

Palestinian athletes, as with all other Palestinians, are subject to Israel’s injustice. Palestinian national footballer Mahmoud Sarsak was detained for 3 years without trial or charge. … [Read more]

Press Statement on Muslim Scholar, Dr Zakir Naik

10 July 2016 / 5 Ramadhan 1437

 

Press Statement on Muslim Scholar, Dr Zakir Naik

 

Musa Mohd Nordin FRCPCH

Maszlee Malik PhD

Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)

 

Much has been said and written about the Muslim scholar, Dr Zakir Naik (DZN). Many are genuinely concerned about his style of preaching which they allege impinge abrasively on other religions (https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/348041).

 

Many others link his fiery speeches to potential IS threat to national security (https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/348000).

 

The media unashamedly sensationalized and tarnished the discourse by reporting that the militants in the terror attacks in Dhaka, Bangladesh, were inspired by him (http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/acharya-pramod-krishnam-demands-arrest-of-zakir-naik-for-inspiring-dhaka-attackers-2902041/).

 

The Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) has stood on the sidelines since his early presence in Malaysia because we do not subscribe to his dialectical and combative approach, overbearing Islam over others, conscious or unconsciously proselytizing, and oftentimes oblivious of the local context and demography.

 

This differentiates the muballigh (preacher) ZN from our conception of a dai (Islamic worker). Islam’s concept of al-Hanifiyah (Semitic tradition) is the divine prescription towards all other non-Islamic religions. It allows “all the other religions” to be fully “others” without any reduction, deconstruction or relativisation. It acknowledges the plurality of religions and allows the adherents of all religions the plurality of laws … [Read more]