Isnin, 28 September 2009

Jabu refuses to meet Women’s Representatives

Jabu refuses to meet Women’s Representatives

By Rosita Maja

Penan Girl Rape

The Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and Minsiter in charge of Penan affiars, Alfred Jabu anak Nmpang, has refused to accept a memorandum concerning the plight of Penan girls and women, who had reportedly suffered sexual abuse by logging company workers.

The memorandum was from the national Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Wanita, or Women’s Chief, Hajjah Zuraidah Kamaruddin.

Hajjah Zuraidah Kamaruddin, the Member of Parliament for Ampang, traveled to Kuching to visit Sarawak state leaders and government departments.

She expressed the serious concern by the Keadilan Women’s Wing over the rape and sexual abuse of Penan girls and women in Sarawak, as revealed by the national Ministerial Task Force Report, released almost three weeks ago by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.

On September 25, a delegation of Keadilan women’s leaders, led by Zuraidah, went to Wisma Bapa Malaysia to present the memorandum to Jabu, the Chairman of the State Cabinet Committee on Penan Affairs.

The delegation arrived at the entrance to Wisma Bapa Malaysia at half past nine in the morning. The delegates said they were trying to seek justice for Penan women who had been found to have suffered sexual abuse.

However, the delegates were refused entry into the premises by security guards, who closed and locked the gate to the building.

Penan IR Who Lies

A security guard said he had instructions from Jabu’s office to pass a letter to the PKR Women’s delegation. Jabu’s letter stated that he would not meet the delegates as he “had prior appointments”. In his letter, Jabu advised the PKR Women’s delegation to turn to the police for enquiries and advice on the rape issue and other crimes.

One of the security guards even shouted “Bawa balai polis saja (just take it to the police station)!” in an apparent attempt to intimidate the group of PKR women.

Zuraidah then contacted Jabu’s office by telephone, asking a member of Jabu’s staff to come down to the main gate to accept the memorandum on Jabu’s behalf. According to Zuraida, an unidentified staff member answered her rudely, saying, “I don’t want to be involved in your squabbles!”

Zuraidah Kamaruddin and her delegation strongly condemned the lack of courtesy and unbecoming behaviour of Jabu’s office.

Later, the delegates visited the office of Sarawak Minister for Social Development and Urbanisation, William Mawan anak Ikom. On this occasion, the Minister’s secretary accepted the memorandum with courtesy, although Mawan did not meet the delegation himself.

The delegation held a brief discussion at the Sarawak Women’s Bureau with the Bureau’s Assistant Director, Herlina Ajaib Jamahari. Herlina said that Women’s Bureau would produce proposals shortly to help the Penan girls and women, and submit them to Jabu’s Ministry.

Zuraidah Kamaruddin handed Herlina a copy of the memorandum and told Herlina that Zuraida will continue to urge the Federal Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to do more for the Penan survivors of sexual crimes.

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The delegation then delivered a copy of the same memorandum to the Sarawak Education Department. A senior officer in the Department was filling in for the State Director of Education, who was still on leave for Hari Raya.

The senior officer, who requested not to be named, accepted the memorandum on the State Director’s behalf. He said the department had summoned the Headmasters of the schools in the area where the sexual abuse of Penan girls was reported, for a meeting on the issue. He promised that his Department would do its part to examine the problem and look for solutions.

The delegation suggested to the senior officer that the Education Department should arrange for the schools to set up Penan “Parents and Teachers”Liaison Committees. Such committees, the delegates pointed out, would allow the schools to identify and address the challenges faced by the deprived community – for example, to improve transportation arrangements for poor Penan students.

Zuraidah and her delegation pledged to continue to press the Federal and State governments to honour the recommendations set out in PKR Wanita’s memorandum on the plight of the Penan girls and women.

Although the women’s delegates were greeted with harrassment and insults from Jabu’s office, they expressed satisfaction that the memorandum had been delivered to other relevant departments.

The delegates said they were also encouraged by the initial positive reception, by some departments, to PKR’s urgent call to put an end to the sexual abuse suffered by the Penan girls and women in Sarawak

Ahad, 13 September 2009


Rape threat report lodged but no action yet
Yip Ai Tsin
Sep 11, 09

Outraged by the insults and threats hurled at her during a dialogue session last Saturday, Batu Tiga state assemblyperson Rodziah Ismail has lodged a police report today at the Shah Alam district police station against perpetrators.

But Rodziah (right) now fears for the safety of her family members and staff as the police have failed to look into the matter.

"Intimidation of this nature tarnishes my reputation and is insulting. I am disappointed with the behaviour of the individuals who issued the threat.

"If they have no qualms at all in insulting and threatening a state assemblyperson and state exco member, how much more would other women face in dealing with such people," she said.

Stressing that this was blatant disregard for state leaders, Rodziah also said that their intent was to smear the Selangor government's reputation for political reasons.

Among the insults and threats allegedly uttered by several individuals were "jalang" (loose), "Rodziah mengalahkan pelacur, pelacur lebih baik dari kau!", "sundal", before one finally said, "Aku akan rogol kau, Rodziah!" (I will rape you) .

"Other than the video clip, the insulting phrases were heard by the residents, journalists and security personnel who were present," she said.

'Book them, cops'

Lending her support was Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad who urged the culprits to be brought to book for going against the law and breaching the boundaries of religion and culture.

"I am aware of the death threats against me. Although Khir Toyo is in a state of denial, we will show proof," he said.

Alleging that the culprits were under Umno's patronage, he said that they were emboldened by Home Minister Hishammudin Hussein's protection, Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Noh Omar's encouragement and also former menteri besar Khir Toyo's approval.

"The rakyat rejects Umno although Umno harbours ambitions to take over Selangor. Umno should respect the rakyat's decision," he said.

Also present were Ampang member of parliament Zuraida Kamaruddin, Rawang state assemblyperson Gan Pei Nei, PAS Muslimat chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh, Selangor PKR Women chief Haniza Talha and Subang Jaya state assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.

Lawyer Felicia Ling, acting on behalf of Rodziah, said that the threats amount to criminal intimidation to stop Rodziah from performing her duties as state assemblyperson.

"They can be charged under Section 502 and Section 499 of the Penal Code," said Ling, who is also Federal Territory PKR Wanita chief.


Tarikh: 12 September 2009

Kenyataan Media Bersama
Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Negeri Jawatankuasa Wanita
dalam Kerajaan-Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat
Pulau Pinang, Kedah, Kelantan dan Perak


Lontaran berunsur ugutan dan ancaman untuk melakukan keganasan ke atas YB Rodziah Ismail ketika majlis dialog di antara Kerajaan Negeri Selangor dan penduduk Seksyen 23, Shah Alam oleh mereka yang hilang pertimbangan untuk bersikap terbuka dan beradab dalam sebuah majlis dialog amatlah tidak wajar sama sekali.

Lontaran-lontaran sedemikian merupakan suatu kesalahan menurut undang-undang negara dan berlawanan dengan ketetapan konvensyen mengenai penghapusan sebarang bentuk keganasan terhadap wanita yang telah ditandatangani oleh Kerajaan Malaysia (CEDAW).

Mereka yang bertanggungjawab dan dikenalpasti mengugut-cerca YB Rodziah Ismail mestilah disiasat dan dihukum jika didapati bersalah.

YB Puan Hjh Wan Ubaidah bt Omar
Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan Darul Naim
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Kesihatan.
YB Lydia Ong Kok Fooi
Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Pulau Pinang
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Belia dan Sukan, Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Komuniti.
YB Puan Hajah Siti Aishah Haji Ghazali
Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Kedah Darul Aman
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pembangunan Keluarga, Wanita
dan Kebajikan.
YB Mohd Zainuddin Mohd Yusof
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Agama, Pendidikan Islam, Wanita dan Kebajikan Negeri Perak


Tarikh: 11 September 2009

Hari ini saya membuat laporan polis terhadap ugutan rogol yang dilemparkan kepada saya ketika dalam Majlis Dialog di antara penduduk Seksyen 23, Shah Alam dengan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor pada 5hb September lalu di MBSA, Shah Alam.

Adalah bukan hasrat saya untuk memanjangkan isu ini kerana fokusnya adalah isu sebenar yakni pemindahan kuil Seksyen 19, namun keputusan ini dibuat setelah hampir seminggu berlalu kerana kegusaran tentang keselamatan diri saya, keluarga serta pegawai saya makin hari makin bertambah memandangkan pihak polis belum lagi mengambil sebarang tindakan dalam perkara ini.

Saya telah hadir sebagai salah seorang panel dan wakil rakyat Dun Batu Tiga bagi menyelesaikan isu pemindahan kuil, namun telah menerima kata-kata kesat dan ugutan rogol daripada mereka yang cuba menimbulkan kekecohan dalam majlis tersebut.

Antara kata-kata kesat terhadap saya yang dikenalpasti ialah;

"Rodziah mengalahkan pelacur!" "Pelacur lebih baik dari kau!"
"Kau jangan bersuara, Rodziah!"
Lemparan kata,"Aku akan rogol kau, Rodziah!"

Intimidasi ini jelas adalah untuk memburukkan nama dan menghina saya. Saya berasa amat kecewa dengan sikap yang ditunjukkan oleh segelintir mereka ini sehingga merasakan keselamatan dan kehormatan diri saya terancam.

Kerisauan saya ialah: jika saya seorang Adun dan EXCO Kerajaan Negeri boleh dilemparkan kata-kata kesat and ugutan sebegini, apakah wanita-wanita lain akan terasa selamat menghadapi atau berurusan dengan mereka yang seperti itu?

Kekecohan yang ditimbulkan sepanjang sesi penerangan daripada Dato' Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad, Dato' Bandar dan saya sendiri selaku ADUN Batu Tiga juga memperlihatkan sikap tidak hormat kepada majlis tersebut serta pemimpin kerajaan negeri.

Kelakuan liar kumpulan kecil ini telah merosakkan majlis yang bertujuan untuk membuka ruang kepada penduduk berdialog secara berhemah. Tindakan mereka ini jelas bukan untuk berdialog tetapi mencemarkan kerajaan negeri dan nama individu atas agenda politik tertentu.

Selain klip video, ungkapan-ungkapan tidak bermoral itu telah didengar dan disaksikan oleh ramai penduduk, wartawan, dan para petugas keselamatan MBSA yang telah hadir melihat sendiri gelagat segelintir mereka yang memporak-perandakan majlis secara sengaja.

Kedurjanaan yang menganjur keburukan, membudayakan unsur keganasan, seksisme, dan menakut-nakutkan orang lain serta merosakkan keharmonian sesama insan yang telah ditunjukkan oleh golongan tersebut wajar diperangi dan dibanteras sehingga rakyat, khususnya wanita dikembalikan nikmat rasa selamat dan aman di mana-mana saja mereka berada.

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Kebajikan, Sains, Teknologi, Inovasi dan Kebudayaan
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