Gambar ISTAC yang dijadikan gereja diturunkan


Dua pos blog yang saya tulis sebelum ini, “Gambar ISTAC dijadikan gambar gereja” dan “Siapa tukarkan gambar ISTAC menjadi gereja?“, telah mendapat sambutan hangat.

Pos-pos blog tersebut telah dibaca hampir 15,000 kali dalam dua hari sebelum ini dan telah mendapat liputan meluas dalam akhbar termasuk dalam Malaysiakini (Bahasa MalaysiaBahasa Inggeris, dan Bahasa Cina), The Malaysian Insider (Bahasa Malaysia dan Bahasa Inggeris), dan The Malay Mail Online. Isu ini juga menjadi buah mulut individu-individu di laman sosial terutamanya Facebook dan Twitter.

Pos blog yang mendakwa gambar ISTAC menunjukkan orang Islam murtad digereja telah diturunkan.

Pos blog Kedah yang mendakwa gambar ISTAC menunjukkan orang Islam murtad di gereja telah diturunkan.

Komen-komen kepada artikel-artikel akhbar tersebut dan perbualan-perbualan di laman sosial menunjukkan Continue reading


Siapa tukarkan gambar ISTAC menjadi gereja?


Semalam saya menulis satu pos blog yang menceritakan bagaimana satu gambar saya yang diambil di dewan International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) telah disebarkan di beberapa blog dan forum di Indonesia. Gambar ISTAC itu dikatakan menunjukkan orang Islam di Malaysia yang murtad dan baru sahaja dibaptiskan di gereja.

Sememangnya, saya terperanjat menbaca dakwaan-dakwaan dalam blog-blog dan forum-forum itu.

Tetapi saya hairan juga – dari mana blogger-blogger Indonesia mendapatkan gambar saya itu? Dan kenapa blogger-blogger ini begitu berminat dengan kita di Malaysia?

Jadi, saya meng-google sedikit lagi hari ini. Apa yang saya dapat tahu – nampaknya gambar itu asalnya bukan disebarkan menerusi blog di Indonesia, tetapi menerusi satu blog di Kedah. Inilah screenshot daripada blog berkenaan:

 Gambar ISTAC yang dikatakan gambar gereja nampaknya asalnya disebarkan dari blog ini.

Gambar ISTAC yang dikatakan gambar gereja nampaknya asalnya disebarkan dari blog ini.

Saya menyebut nampaknya gambar itu berasal dari blog berkenaan kerana Continue reading


Gambar ISTAC dijadikan gambar gereja


Kedua-dua gambar ini menunjukkan ISTAC, bukan gereja.

Kedua-dua gambar ini menunjukkan ISTAC, bukan gereja.

Dua tahun lepas, 29 Febuari 2012, saya bersama-sama rakan sekerja telah menghadiri satu program anjuran agensi kerajaan LPPKN untuk membincangkan Dasar Keluarga Negara. Kebanyakan hadirin terdiri daripada kakitangan kerajaan, tetapi anggota NGO seperti saya turut hadir sekali.

Program itu diadakan bertempatan di International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), di Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur.

Semalam, dua tahun selepas program itu, saya diberitahu oleh seorang rakan sekolah bahawa satu dakwaan telahpun disebarkan melalui beberapa blog dan forum di Indonesia yang mengatakan bahawa ramai orang Islam di Malaysia sudahpun murtad. Dalam pos-pos blog dan forum tersebut, dipaparkan pula gambar saya dan  Continue reading


12 takeaways from Paul Farmer’s Pathologies of Power


Pathologies of Power

Pathologies of Power book cover; picture from The Measles Project. I read the e-book.

I recently finished reading Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, by Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

As a student in the US, I learnt about Paul Farmer through my roommate who was a global health student activist (he now works with Paul Farmer in some capacity, and recently told me about his “highlight of the week” lending 20 dollars to Paul Farmer to pay a cab fare).

Anyway, I was extremely inspired by this man’s unrelenting belief and efforts in promoting health as a human right and social justice generally, and he certainly influenced the decisions I’ve made in my own career. Continue reading


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Smacking Sense into Chauvinists Their Own Way (The Rakyat Post)


My comment about the Joint Action Group’s for Gender Equality’s (JAG) social media response to a group of NGOs’ offer to pay anyone RM1,200 to slap Member of Parliament Teresa Kok:

Yu said the decision on campaigning via social media was influenced by the fact that Malaysians were major users of the medium. “Getting the word out is important”.

Ultimately, the objective, Yu said, was sharing the message that Malaysians were not going to accept such behaviour.

“Using visuals is quite effective.”

On what other other action was being contemplated, Yu said it depended on what happened next.

“We want the law enforcement agencies to take action.”

The Facebook post produced by JAG generated more than 1,600 shares in the two days after it was posted.

Read the full article published in The Rakyat Post on 9 February 2014.


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‘Aiyoh… Wat Lah?!’ gets international recognition (fz.com)


My comment on the “Aiyoh… Wat Lah?!” Awards gaining international recognition!

“We are delighted that the Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! Awards has received this international recognition,” said Women’s Aid Organisation’s (WAO) Yu Ren Chung.
“This international recognition will raise the profile of the already popular awards, including of course its objective of raising awareness on sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia in Malaysia,” Yu added.

Read the full article on fz.com on 3 February 2014.


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Home Ministry ban signals crackdown on civil society, say Comango reps (The Malay Mail Online)


My comment on the Home Ministry’s press statement outlawing COMANGO:

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) advocacy officer Yu Ren Chung reiterated Suriani’s argument, stressing that Comango was merely abiding by the guidelines set by the UN, and that it need not be registered for it to present a report.

“If we submit a report under a coalition, the said report can be longer and more comprehensive, which is why we did so.

“I think ordinary Malaysians are not so blind, they can tell what the government is trying to do here, in trying to assert their own version of explanations, especially in light of most recent events,” Yu Ren spoke to the Malay Mail Online via a telephone interview.

Read the full article published in The Malay Mail Online on 9 February 2014.