moral policing

"Increasing powers of Syariah Courts may lead to rights violations" - Statement by the Joint Action Group on Gender Equality, 31 May 2016

  • Posted on: 31 May 2016
  • By: admin1

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) express our concern at the tabling of the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, to increase the punishments meted out by Syariah courts.

We are concerned of the manner in which this Private Members’ Bill was tabled in Parliament. JAG urges the government and the other parties involved to give full regard to the democratic way which we must observe in putting forward any legislation, particularly where the public has significant concerns.

Considering the level of debate this has generated in the public sphere, JAG requests that any future tabling of this Private Members’ Bill or anything akin to it go through a thorough process which accords full and fair transparency and debate prior to its tabling in Parliament. It is our right as citizens of this country to be given our opportunity to present our views on a legislation that will have deep impact on our society in the future.

Police helping Jais reflection of misplaced priorities - Statement by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG)

  • Posted on: 4 May 2016
  • By: admin1

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) questions the need of the decision by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to conduct a pilot project which places two police officers and a sergeant at the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) to assist in the enforcement of syariah laws.

We are especially concerned as PDRM is a federal body and the allocation of federal resources for a state religious body reflects grave misplacement of priorities.

While the deployment of police officers at Jais may seem like an effort to increase accountability and professionalism of the religious authorities, this pilot project would likely only focus on the implementation of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment specifically on moral policing, with little attention given to the laws themselves and their impact on our fundamental liberties.

Wouldn’t federal resources be better spent on tackling issues of gender-based violence rather than moral policing?