Moral police need policing, too

Publication Date: 
April 28, 2010
The Star

Fearing public embarrassment, couples accused of infringing religious laws on morality often put themselves at risk of physical hurt, and even death.

WHEN a fatal accident happens, usually there will be an enquiry to find out the reasons behind it. Landslides may cause homes to be buried along with some occupants so an enquiry is needed to decide who is at fault and to be held responsible.

Or schoolchildren out on an excursion may wind up drowned and investigations must be done, not least to ensure such a tragedy never happens again.

UPDATE: MALAYSIA - Kartika's caning sentence commuted to community service

In a Press Statement issued by Sisters in Islam (SIS), the Malaysian women's group, one of the most well-known nongovernment groups in this Muslim-majority country, registered their happiness with the decision by Sultan of Pahang, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, to commute Kartika’s caning sentence to community service.

Malaysia: Religion Minister Rejects Child Marriage Reform

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - – Malaysia's religion minister on Tuesday defended Islamic laws that allow girls under 16 to marry, amid a controversy over two youngsters who were married off to middle-aged men.

Malaysia: Ban lifted on Sisters In Islam (SIS) book

KUALA LUMPUR: The SIS Forum (Malaysia) succeeded in throwing out the Home Minister’s order banning its 215-page book, Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism.

ASEAN Progressive Muslim Movement recommendations for 15th ASEAN Summit

Press Release

Southeast Asia Muslim human rights advocates express concerns on the

Kartika Caning – Now Sisters In Islam Queried In Parliament

Kartika Caning – Now Sisters In Islam Queried In Parliament

Why should we care about Kartika?

Vivienne Wee

Why should we care about Kartika?

By Vivienne Wee

Malaysia indefinitely postpones caning of woman

Amnesty International Press release
28 August 2009

Making people disappear

WHEN I was media officer at a local feminist organisation, the Malaysian police claimed in their press statements to have solved 80% of crimes against women in 2005.