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

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

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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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Police searching for man who allegedly assaulted wife in lift (The Star)

My comment on the infamous video of a man beating his wife in an elevator in front of their children:

“The police must take action immediately in every case to prevent further abuse – and possibly death,” said Yu Ren Chung, an advocacy officer with the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).

“In the past few months, three horrific deaths resulting from domestic violence have been highlighted in the media,” said Yu.

“Two of these women had made multiple police reports before they died, but did not get the protection they needed and deserved,” he said.

Yu said that even though some abuse cases may not leave visible injuries, the interpretation of “domestic violence” in the Domestic Violence Act 1994 also includes the threat of physical violence.

“It is important for her (the woman in the video), and others who face abuse, to know that it’s not their fault and that help is out there,” said Yu.

Yu says that WAO counsellors are ready to help and can be contacted at 03-7956 3488.

Read the full article published in The Star on 14 August 2013.