JAIS Sermon Perpetuates Rape Myths

JAIS Sermon Perpetuates Rape Myths 9 February 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is appalled to read that the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) has released a Friday sermon claiming that women covering their “aurat” would prevent rape. Once again, rape victims are blamed while rapists are absolved of responsibility over their actions. It is […]

Freedom of Expression is not a Threat

Freedom of Expression is not a Threat 18 December 2014 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged by the fine imposed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) against BFM radio station, over an interview with Reza Aslan in 2013. Reza Aslan was giving an opinion in his capacity as a scholar of Islam […]

Stop the Amendments and Repeal the Destitute Persons Act 1977

Stop the Amendments and Repeal the Destitute Persons Act 1977 Media Statement, 8 December 2014 The Destitute Persons Act 1977 (DPA 1977) today is the legacy of the failed British measure to address homelessness by means of arrest and detention. It is evident that even after more than 140 years, homelessness and poverty still exist. […]

#MediaNetAsia14 Organisers’ Statement on the Sedition Act

#MediaNetAsia14 Organisers’ Statement on the Sedition Act 16 October 2014 As we convene a regional conference to discuss challenges to Media and Internet Freedom around Asia, we recognize and express solidarity with the ongsoing movement in Malaysia for the repeal of the Sedition Act. We are deeply concerned about the recent rise of sedition cases […]

Budget 2015: Women “Recognised” But Gaps Remain

Budget 2015: Women “Recognised” But Gaps Remain 15 October 2014 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) has serious reservations over the “gender budget” under Budget 2015. There are significant gaps in the Budget which, if left unaddressed, bring little benefit to some of Malaysia’s most marginalised and vulnerable women. The recognition of women’s varied economic activities […]

The Truth is Out: Gender Discrimination Still Entrenched in PAS

The Truth is Out: Gender Discrimination Still Entrenched in PAS 17 September 2014 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged by reports on an online news portal that PAS’s clergy wing rejected Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Menteri Besar due to her gender, along with two other reasons. We are especially disappointed that PAS […]

Malaysia Day Statement

Malaysia Day Statement 16 September 2014 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) wishes Malaysia a happy 51st birthday. We are saddened, however, that the exercise of nation-building and our collective sense of nationhood are not yet truly reflective of the diversity of our people. The heavy-handed crackdown by the authorities through the Sedition Act is only […]

Joint Merdeka Statement

Joint Merdeka Statement 31 August 2014 Selamat Hari Merdeka! On this Merdeka Day, we as civil society organisations are disappointed that, a woman candidate who commands the majority support of the State Assembly, has yet to be named as the Menteri Besar of Selangor. A Menteri Besar must have the support of the majority of […]

Joint Statement: Resolve Selangor Crisis, Seize Opportunity to Make History

Resolve Selangor Crisis, Seize Opportunity to Make History Media Statement, 19 August 2014 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) calls for a speedy resolution to the current political crisis in Selangor. We deplore the waste of public resources and time that could have been spent on more pressing issues. We wish to reiterate […]

Kenyataan Media Bersama: Permintaan Penjelasan dan Perkembangan Isu Warga Miskin Kota

Permintaan Penjelasan dan Perkembangan Isu Warga Miskin Kota Kenyataan Media: 15hb Ogos, 2014 Gabungan untuk Warga Miskin Kota meminta penjelasan dan perkembangan berhubungan isu-isu yang telah dibangkitkan dan/atau dicadangkan oleh pihak kerajaan selepas dua mesyuarat bersama Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan pada 8/7/2014 dan 23/7/2014, penyerahan suatu memorandum daripada masyarakat miskin kota kepada Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan Dato’ […]