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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.

“Grandmothers” in politics – stating facts can be sexist (Malaysiakini)

This article was published in Malaysiakini.

A few days ago Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng called Penang state opposition leader Jahara Hamid a “typical grandmother” and an “unreasonable and racist grandmother”, according to news reports. He was reacting to something Jahara had said in the Penang state legislative assembly.

Criticised promptly by Jahara and women’s groups, Lim apologised. Subsequently, some of his women colleagues called him out as well.

This apology is commendable. Yet, at least by reading though comments to the news reports of this episode, many seem to think that Lim had nothing to apologise for, that calling someone a “grandmother” is just stating a fact, not being sexist. I get the feeling many others feel this way too. Continue reading

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Aiyoh…Wat Lah?! Awards 2013 (Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, JAG)

Explaining the “Aiyoh…Wat Lah?! Awards 2013”, an annual spoof ceremony organised by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) to raise awareness on what constitutes sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and/or transphobia, and to encourage higher standards of behaviour from public figures and institutions in relation to gender and sexuality. The 2013 Awards ceremony was held on 26 May 2013.

Video produced by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG).

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Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! Awards (BFM 89.9)

Smita Sharma and I promoted the “Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! Awards”, with Umapagan Ampikaipakan and Caroline Oh on the Evening Edition.

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Prelude by BFM:

We’ve cringed, looked away, slapped our palms on our foreheads every time we read about or hear what prominent Malaysian figures have to say. And to further express our disdain, our actions are usually accompanied by a very typically Malaysian “Aiyoooooo”.

So, good on the Joint Action  Group for Gender Equality (JAG) for gathering all distasteful comments made throughout the year for fellow Malaysians to read and vote on. The 2nd annual Aiyoh Wat Lah Awards 2013 will reveal whose comments reigned victorious in the issues of sexism, misogyny, homophobia and/or transphobia.

Interview aired on BFM on 2 April 2013.

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Public invited to vote in Aiyoh…Wat Lah? awards (The Sun Daily)

My comment on the announcement that voting was open to the public for the “Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! 2013” Awards:

“The Awards aim to raise awareness on what constitutes sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia to encourage higher standards of behaviour from public figures and to inform the public of what kind of candidates they are voting for,” said Yu Ren Chung, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) spokesperson.

“However for the other categories, we have amongs [sic] other things, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s quote, ‘Pakai sarung tangan pegang isteri nanti tak terasa,’ (If I wear gloves I will not be able to feel up my wife) which was made when he was handed a pair of gloves by women’s rights activists as part of a campaign calling for clean governance,” Yu said.

Read the full 12 March 2013 article republished in the Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! Awards website.