Kenyataan Media: Rodziah Ismail

Kenyataan Media

ADUN BATU TIGA
Merangkap Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal Wanita,
Kebajikan, Sains, Teknologi, Inovasi dan Kebudayaan,dan
Timbalan Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

Shah Alam, 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;

“Jalang!”
“Rodziah mengalahkan pelacur!” “Pelacur lebih baik dari kau!”
“Babi!”
“Sundal!”
“Kau jangan bersuara, Rodziah!”
Lemparan kata,”Aku akan rogol kau, Rozdiah!”

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.

Rodziah Ismail
ADUN BATU TIGA
Merangkap
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal Wanita
Kebajikan, Sains, Teknologi, Inovasi dan Kebudayaan, dan
Timbalan Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

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Bergambar di hadapan Balai Polis Shah Alam, Seksyen 11

Kelihatan hadir bersama Rodziah Ismail, Ketua AMK Selangor, Jonah, EXCO-EXCO Wanita KEADILAN, Haniza Talha, Yogeswari, Fairouze, Salmah Ismail, Rozaini Mohd Rosli, Ketua Wanita KEADILAN, Zuraida Kamaruddin, Dr Mariah (PAS), Ketua Muslimat PAS, Nuraidah Salleh, Hannah Yeoh (DAP), Khalid Samad, Elizabeth Wong dan Gan Pei Nei.   Juga beberapa Ahli Majlis Shah Alam.

Kenyataan Media Ketua Wanita KEADILAN menyokong Kenyataan Rodziah Ismail:

Kenyataan Media

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN                                                                              11 September 2009

Memerangi Budaya Durjana yang Mencabul Hak dan Maruah Wanita

Wanita KEADILAN mengutuk gelagat segelintir penduduk yang telah merosakkan majlis dialog antara penduduk Seksyen 23 dan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, Darul Ehsan pada 5 September 2009 lalu.

Perlakuan mereka yang tidak tahu malu telah memalukan Malaysia di mata dunia.   Bahkan tindakan dan lemparan kata-kata ancaman dan celupar mereka boleh ditafsirkan sebagai jenayah keganasan seksual terhadap Adun, merangkap Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal Wanita,

Kebajikan, Sains, Teknologi, Inovasi dan Kebudayaan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, Darul Ehsan, Rodziah Ismail yang juga Timbalan Ketua Wanita KEADILAN.

Wanita KEADILAN mengecam sekeras-kerasnya tindakan tidak bertamadun segelintir penduduk dari Seksyen 23 di Majlis Dialog tersebut.   Tindakan mereka bertujuan mencemar maruah Rodziah Ismail secara batil dan menghalang beliau daripada menyampaikan penjelasan yang tepat kepada seluruh wakil penduduk Seksyen 23 mengenai isu perpindahan kuil dari Seksyen 19 ke Seksyen 23.

Wanita KEADILAN menyokong penuh laporan polis yang dibuat oleh Rodziah Ismail dalam memelihara keselamatan beliau dari sebarang ancaman yang telah dilemparkan dan memberi isyarat yang lantang kepada pelaku-pelaku budaya durjana bahawa budaya durjana yang mencabul hak dan maruah wanita Malaysia mesti diperangi habis-habisan.   Pendurjana mesti di bawa ke pengadilan, dihukum  dan tidak mengulangi perbuatan durjana mereka itu.

Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

Roziah Ismail to logde Police Report today 11 September

Rodziah to lodge police report on rape threats


Written by The Edge FInancial Daily
Friday, 11 September 2009 00:01

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor state executive councillor and Batu Tiga assemblywoman Rodziah Ismail will be lodging a police report today on a rape threat that was made against her during a chaotic dialogue between the Selangor state government and the residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam on Sept 5.

“Anarchist behaviour and hurling profanities are unbecoming of a civilised society. Psychological abuse in whatever form and threats of abuse and sexual molestations must be promptly eliminated,” said Rodziah’s aide, Rozaini Mohd Rosli, in an email statement yesterday.

She said the report would be lodged at the Shah Alam police headquarters in Section 11.

The dialogue session took place amid the Section 23 residents’ protest against the relocation a Hindu temple to their area. Since then, the residents have agreed to the relocation to a second site, also in Section 23.

Six men have been charged with sedition for being part of the cow-head protest against the relocation to the temple. They were also charged with another six men for taking part in an illegal assembly.

Seharusnya Shahrizat lebih mampu buat pengarus utamaan gender dalam kerajaan

kerana sudah pun memerintah Malaysia.
Dan dalam Umno, sewajarnya telah dilaksanakan lama dahulu…

Apapun, tahniah kerana telah menjejaki langkah Wanita KEADILAN yang terdahulu.

Seminar Peka Gender 3 Julai 2009

Kehadiran Ahli-Ahli Berhormat Parlimen dan Dewan Negara:

Wanita Pakatan Rakyat bermesyuarat di Parlimen Malaysia:

Kes-kes pergaduhan dan cabul kehormatan di Kem PLKN, Pekan

Separate allegations of molest and an apparently racially-motivated clash have emerged from a National Service (NS) camp in Chini, Pekan, near Kuantan in Pahang.

Please click:

http://www.malaysiakini.tv/video/17321.html

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NS plan a spooking failure?

Stanley Koh

Thursday, 02 July 2009 19:53

KUALA LUMPUR – After five years, the national service (NS) training camps across the country continue to be spooked by ugly and tragic incidents of sexual molest, physical fights, food poisoning, sudden deaths and drowning.

Two recent incidents at the Cini training camp, near Kuantan in Pahang, have provided another scoring point for the Opposition’s credible call for the nation’s conscripted training programme to be scrapped.

On June 23, a female trainee was allegedly molested by more than 20 male trainees at night when the victim was trying to make a call at a phone booth within the camp site.

ns-fight-1.gifFour days later, a fight believed to be racially motivated took place at the camp’s canteen between two groups of trainees.

Incidents such as these are not new. In 2004, a trainee was raped at the Merang camp in Setiu, Terengganu. There had also been reported cases of indiscipline over the years.

Original proposal

Over the past two decades, the nation has witnessed an increasing racial polarisation among university students. It was under such a scenario that the ‘Program Latihan Khidmat Negara (PLKN)’ or National Service Training Programme was proposed in late 2001 and implemented in December 2003.

The original proposal was subjected to review and had innovatively been changed in terms of training duration; shortening from the initial idea of a two-year period to an eventual three-month term.

Deserters and draft dodgers are subjected to punishment of a fine of up to but not exceeding RM3,000 and/or up to six months jail, a penalty the Opposition parties have described as an instrument of injustice.

The training modules of physical, nation-building, character-building and community service to match the objectives of developing a patriotic, active, intelligent and confident younger generation have, so far, been just an academic exercise.

For this, the Government had spent some RM2.37bil to finance the NS training since launching it in 2004.

fuziah-salleh.pngKuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who disclosed the Cini incidents claimed the officials concerned were either playing down the seriousness of the incidents or trying to sweep them under the carpet.

“There should be a survey to ascertain whether the NS is self-defeating or whether it is achieving or increasing national unity,” she said, citing the physical brawl at the camp as an example.

A parent from Kelantan (name withheld) wrote in 2004 on her daughter being called for NS training: “My worry is how safe my daughter will be, especially when I read there are not enough trainers.

“I try not to be negative but my mind wonders about young girls in the midst of young energetic teenage boys who might (or might not) be naughty or unscrupulous.”

The Auditor-General’s Report as at December 2007 stated that three people have been charged while 3,856 cases were under investigation. Some 751 other cases were referred to the deputy public prosecutor for charges to be preferred.

Some critics of the NS training have described it as “an icon of the Barisan Nasional’s failed education system.”ns 3.jpg

While the young generation has been forced to join a training programme for three months to bridge racial integration, their 11-year education from primary to secondary level has failed to achieve this.

Many have criticised the costly project and suspected a hidden agenda to influence the younger generation into supporting the Barisan.

NS a success or failure?

With the benefit of hindsight, the print looked good on paper but it started in 2004 with a bad omen. Besides being ill-conceived, it faced a host of logistics and transportation problems, allegedly badly run training camps and a shortage of qualified trainers, among other difficulties.

The programme started with public confusion related to the specific criterion and procedures to seek deferment by selected students (on the training programme). These were later determined and streamlined.

There was also havoc caused by poor coordination between the NS Department, the Education Ministry and private colleges on the national service call-up, even though it was done through the computerisation process.

Within months following the implementation, trainees were reported lost in a jungle and the first rape case happened in Trengganu in February 2004.

There were also incidents of bullying by camp commandants and officers and claims of poor management.

Between 2004 and 2008, sporadic serious incidents and accidents, including death of trainees, began to filter to the press.

Yet there was no barometer to professionally gauge the success of the conscripted NS in terms of national unity among trainees except propaganda in guise of a public relations exercise to rally the ‘feel-good” experiences in the camps.

Should NS be scrapped?

Batu MP Tian Chua thinks so. “In the first four years, there had been at least 10 deaths at the training camps,” he said.

tian-chua.pngAs at June last year, there were 17 deaths. Twelve were reported to have died in the camps and five others during breaks or within days of completing the training.

Critics and opposing parties have blamed the Government and related organisers for lack of proper living amenities and improvements at some training camps.

Other issues included improper diet and hygiene, personal safety, discipline of trainees and trainers besides the need to pay particular attention to those with special medical needs.

Allegations have also been directed at the government for nurturing “beneficiaries” including camp operators and NS contractors in the supply of food and logistic support.

While the Government maintains the moral high ground to continue the training program, it will be on shaky ground to peddle its continuation at the next general elections.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2009 20:29

Sidang Media Wanita Pakatan Rakyat di Parlimen

Kerajaan Malaysia masih gagal mengarusutama agenda

Pemberdayaan Wanita Malaysia

Penerapan prinsip-prinsip kesetaraan gender dalam dasar dan pentadbiran negara bukanlah sekadar janji kosong.   Ia dicapai dengan kesungguhan untuk merealisaikan komitmen terhadap pengarusutamaan gender (gender mainstreaming) dalam semua ruang lingkup kehidupan rakyat, khususnya dalam merangka dasar kerajaan, bidang penyelidikan, dialog, perundangan, pengagihan sumber dan khazanah negara, serta dalam perancangan, perlaksanaan dan penyeliaan terhadap semua program dan projek.

Gender Focal Point yang diwujudkan pada tahun 2004 telah tidak berfungsi sepenuhnya sebagai mekanisme yang boleh melonjakkan aspirasi pengarusutamaan gender.

Pengarusutamaan gender bukanlah bermaksud bersaing kuasa dengan lelaki.   Ia merupakan suatu usaha menjelaskan dengan adil, keadaan dan keperluan sebenar 50% daripada penduduk Malaysia, iaitu wanita.

Sehingga kini, Ahli Parlimen wanita berjumlah 23 orang (10.36 %).  Statistik ini tidak menunjukkan perubahan ketara yang dikehendaki dalam tiga penggal pilihanraya yang lalu – dalam tahun 1999, 10.4% Ahli Dewan Rakyat Wanita dan 2004, 10%.  Daripada 29 orang Menteri, hanya terdapat dua orang Menteri wanita iaitu hanya 6.9%. Manakala daripada 40 orang Timbalan Menteri, hanya terdapat lapan orang Timbalan Menteri wanita (20%).   Dari segi perkhidmatan awam pula, di peringkat tertinggi, peratusan wanita tidak mencecah 15% – Ketua Setiausaha (14.8%), Ketua Pengarah (11.8%) dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (14.1%).   Ada hanya 6.9% wanita dalam Dewan-Dewan Undangan Negeri, 12.5% dalam kerajaan-kerajaan tempatan dan 7.6% ahli lembaga dalam syarikat-syarikat yang disenaraikan dalam Bursa Malaysia (statistik 2007).    Banyak kajian mendapati bahawa wanita adalah pemimpin transformasi yang lebih berjaya, jujur, telus, menjauhi rasuah, dan bersungguh dalam melaksanakan komitmennya.

Maka amatlah penting diwujudkan suatu mekanisme yang mengukur pencapaian usaha ke arah kesetaraan gender itu.   Wanita Pakatan Rakyat menggesa kerajaan Malaysia mewujudkan satu indeks kesetaraan gender yang diterapkan ke dalam Petunjuk Prestasi Utama (Key Performance Indeks/KPI) setiap kementerian agar dapat diukur sejauh mana keberkesanan usaha pengarusutamaan gender dalam kementerian-kementerian berkenaan dan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan keseluruhannya.    Dengan cara ini, kerajaan bukan sahaja dapat mengumpul data untuk mengukur keberkesanan langkah yang telah diambil, tetapi juga akan membantu dalam pembentukan pelan strategi yang lebih berkesan untuk mencapai tujuan kesetaraan gender yang memberdaya wanita Malaysia,  dan pada akhirnya akan menghasilkan keadilan untuk semua rakyat.

Wanita Pakatan Rakyat menegaskan bahawa pengiktirafan terhadap wanita yang didokumentasikan semata-mata tidak akan berhasil mencapai matlamat kesetaraan gender.

Zuraidah Kamaruddin                          Chong Eng                              Nuridah Salleh

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN                  Ketua Wanita DAP                 Ketua Muslimat PAS

Nik Aziz to Elizabeth Wong

Pertemuan Eli dengan EXCO Wanita KEADILAN dua hari lepas telah menyaksikan Eli seorang yang lebih matang dan telah belajar dari peristiwa lalu yang dilemparkan oleh mereka yang mengamalkan politik durjana.

Eli telah sempat menemui Tuan Guru Nik Aziz sebelum beliau berangkat untuk menunaikan umrah. Eli telah menerima nasihat Tuan Guru yang mengandungi pesanan, yang sebenarnya sesuai untuk semua mereka yang ingin merealisasikan Politik Baru.

Nasihat beliau kepada Eli: Jangan buat tiga “D”; Dendam-Dengki-Degil.

Semoga Tiga “D” tiada dalam kamus setiap pejuang kebenaran dan keadilan, khususnya dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

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KENYATAAN MEDIA
1 Mei 2009

PERUTUSAN DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM
BERSEMPENA HARI PEKERJA 2009

Golongan pekerja merupakan nadi utama yang membina negara Malaysia ini. Mereka bertungkus lumus mencari rezeki dan pada masa yang sama usaha mereka itulah yang menggerakkan negara ini. Setiap cerita kejayaan negara ini yang kita saksi dengan penuh rasa bangga, maka kenanglah setiap titik keringat yang tumpah dari batang tubuh para pekerja yang berkorban untuk hasrat tersebut.

Bila datangnya 1hb Mei setiap tahun, kita mengambil kesempatan itu untuk mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan kepada semua pekerja. Namun tahun ini kita resah mengenangkan muramnya kedudukan ekonomi negara dan betapa ianya memberi kesan buruk kepada semua pekerja. Kegawatan ekonomi yang melanda serta pengurusan ekonomi negara yang tidak berwibawa hanya menimbulkan keresahan terhadap kedudukan para pekerja. Ekonomi negara yang sama-sama dibangunkan, manifestasi dari harapan untuk mencipta masa depan yang lebih baik, hari ini tidak lagi bermanfaat buat mereka. Kadar pengangguran dijangka mencecah 4.5% tahun ini, bermakna hampir 500 000 individu akan kehilangan pekerjaan.

Oleh itu kita tidak boleh berlengah lagi. Perubahan serta langkah pemulihan yang diwar warkan hanya bersifat runcitan demi mencuri masa yang kian suntuk buat kerajaan BN pimpinan UMNO. Sudah tiba masanya rakyat Malaysia memilih Perubahan yang sebenarnya, yang tuntas memperjuangkan hak setiap dari warganya termasuklah hak golongan pekerja. Para pekerja, ayoh bersatulah demi mencipta Perubahan!

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Kedurjanaan petugas Umno di Bukit Gantang

Gangguan Seksual terhadap Srikandi KEADILAN oleh petugas Umno, di P059 Bukit Gantang

Pada 6 April 2009, jam 4.20 petang rombongan jentera pilihanraya KEADILAN yang terdiri daripada enam orang ahli Srikandi KEADILAN telah diganggu secara seksual dan diperlakukan secara kasar oleh sekumpulan petugas pilihanraya Umno di hadapan Bilik Khidmat Masyarakat Umno Bukit Gantang.

Salah seorang mangsa turut ditarik secara paksa ke dalam Bilik Khidmat Masyarakat Umno Bukit Gantang atas tujuan cubaan mencabul kehormatan mangsa. Walau bagaimanapun, mangsa telah berjaya diselamatkan oleh penduduk setempat. Berhubung kejadian ini, beliau yang ditemani oleh petugas pilihanraya KEADILAN dan saksi kejadian telah mengemukan dua laporan polis secara berasingan di Balai Polis Simpang, Bukit Gantang. Insiden durjana dan keji ini telah disahkan oleh Pengarah Pilihanraya Wanita KEADILAN Pusat Parlimen Bukit Gantang, Rodziah Ismail.

Wanita KEADILAN Malaysia mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya insiden ini dan menyatakan rasa kesal terhadap tindakan media kawalan Umno-BN yang dilihat sebagai berat sebelah dan tidak beretika. Wanita KEADILAN akan menyaman mana-mana media yang menyatakan bahawa laporan polis yang dibuat adalah laporan palsu; media berkenaan perlu memperbetulkan laporannya kerana bukti kejadian dan pencabulan kehormatan mangsa adalah jelas dan lengkap.

Insiden ini telah mengambarkan betapa sebahagian petugas pilihanraya Umno sanggup dan tidak teragak-agak melakukan perbuatan yang terkutuk dan melampaui batasan moraliti dan agama.

Wanita KEADILAN menuntut agar pihak polis segera menyiasat dan membuat tangkapan berdasarkan kenyataan mangsa dan saksi. Kejadian durjana sedemikian tidak seharusnya berlaku dan berulang.

Kembalikan kepada wanita Malaysia nikmat rasa selamat dan aman di Malaysia.

Zuraidah Kamaruddin

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN Malaysia.

An Open Letter

Dear readers,

This open letter is written in English not because we degenerate Bahasa Malaysia, but rather because we would want more readers to read it either local or foreigner.

I’ve read and heard lots of negative remarks been pass either towards my wife or myself with regards to the GSTT (Untrained Substitute Teacher) issue. Most shocking is that most of the negative remarks are made by women of this country. To be frank, we both are not happy and sadden with the negative reaction given by many people. But then again someone dear to me said that people will say anything as long as god willing they can talk. We are not a simpleton. Let’s clear the air out. We are not selfish and neither are we ignorant. We are most certainly not arrogant nor are we trying to make a name for our self. Some people have the nerve saying that my wife has not completed her education or rather never went to school. Mind those who think that way. The remarks made are personal and clearly those who made such remarks making statements without thinking of the implication of such statement. It is an insult to my wife and my in-laws to say such thing, as it’s like saying that my in-laws never educate their daughter or the very least never sent their daughter to school. If my wife had never completed her education, would she be selected to be appointed as GSTT in the first place? If her knowledge and skill are not savvy enough, would she passed the interview and been called up to fill the GSTT position? Please refrain yourself from making statements that are personal in nature, as you do not know us and we do not know you. A more constructive comment would be more acceptable than such personal attacks comments.

Let me briefly explain the actual events that happen that led to the retraction of offer to my wife. Before the D-day as I called it, on the 2nd January 2009, my wife went for an interview at the PPD Hulu Langat. The interview was conducted in several sessions for few days. In the interview, among the question was asked includes general knowledge; personal and education background; and scenario based questions (incidents that could happen in the school and the actions ought to be taken). None of the question asked includes health status or more specific pregnancy status. Even in the forms of application that was filled up before the interview date and prior to the interview did not request for the information.

A few days later, on the 11th January 2009, my wife received a SMS from one of the PPD Hulu Langat personnel congratulated my wife for being selected and requesting my wife to take the placement memo from the office on the 12th January 2009. My wife was jubilant receiving the news. On the 12th January 2009; the D-Day, after taking the placement memo, there was a short briefing by an officer. My wife was supposed to start work as GSTT and report for duty at Kajang High School right after the briefing. At the end of the briefing, the officer requested that anyone that is pregnant, to step forward. My wife and 2 other women step forward. Immediately the placement memo along with the offer letter was taken from them. 1 of the other 2 was already pregnant for 8 month (my wife later find out after the black incident). My wife and the other 2 was devastated, just because they are pregnant, they was denied the opportunities of being employed as the other candidates. My wife felt that she was to be blame for the pregnancy (which I also play an important role in the first place).

Imagine how humiliated and disgrace my wife and the other candidate felt. To be told to come forward as like they have committed a horrendous sin or criminal act and to be punished without just cause. We did not immediately go straight to the media. We try to plea our case to various channels and agencies. But to no avail. It was a dead end. We were the unheard voices and our concerns were taken lightly. My wife was told to calls from one department to another. All of them denying responsibility. My emails did not receive any definitive or positive answer either. We almost lose hope. Almost. We thanked to our parents from both sides that had been very understanding and supportive to us. They are the one gave us the morale spirit throughout the ordeal.

Now I would like for all of you to ponder on the questions below:
1. To those who so blindly called my wife as being selfish and ignorant, what would you do? Accept it as fate and move on. Right, most of you will say that. Even we, accept our fate as it is. But the wrong must be corrected. Otherwise it will keep on happening until the end of time.
2. Don’t you think it’s too much that these women whom are pregnant have to accept such disgrace and humiliation? To be called out like a convict criminal and being punish for their pregnancy. We are married couple and it’s our god given right to bear children and by common law there is no objection to having children under marriage.
3. Could a “man” whom had received the placement memo and offer letter, at the end of the briefing all of it is retracted due to being pregnant? NO, as only a woman could bear a child in her womb. It is god given gift meant only for women as no man could bear the pregnancy process.
4. Could a man whom had only started a family and build a career face such action for having children? NO again. As a man, they would not have to face the music of being pregnant
5. How can the government encourage the private sector to stop discrimination against women when it is happening in their own back door?
6. Now imagine, this sort of prejudice being practice in the private sector. Could the law take any action against them? NO, as being proven in the case of former MAS stewardess. Beatrice Fernandez vs. MAS. A more detail story could be read hear: http://www.wao.org.my/news/20050106masmemo.htm
7. My wife was among the few chosen and selected for the post. It also means that my wife is both qualified and suitable for the post. Why would PPD Hulu Langat retract the offer? Should a less qualified and suitable person be selected for the post? What about the quality of education given by a candidate selected to replace my wife? (I’m not trying to pass judgment or dismiss others qualification and capabilities, but I’m trying to make a point)
8. The MOE Chief Secretary had made a statement that the criteria were made for the importance of the students. MOE worries that if a GSTT teacher were to take maternity leave (unpaid by the way according to JPA General Order 17 Chapter C (Leave)), it would affect the learning and teaching process of the students. What about the permanent teacher whom are pregnant and have to take maternity leave? Will their students learning and teaching process not affected by their teacher’s absent? Why such double standards practice being implemented?
9. In General Order 17 Chapter C (Leave), a GSTT are not eligible for maternity leave. Why such discriminating order is was ever approve?
10. Under the Labor Act 1995, there is a section for Maternity Protection. However this seems to be pointless as there is a clause for void should the employer chooses not to follow it. It’s like saying a person can choose to run the red light even though the laws says it’s wrong but it also says you can choose not to follow it. Isn’t it confusing and illogical? The key word is MATERNITY PROTECTION and not ESCAPE FROM MATERNITY PROTECTION.

I could be writing pages of question for you to ponder and think about. But I believe that by now you get my point. My advices do some readings and you will find out that there is much to be deliberate. Look at this case in more general views. It is not only about the appointment of GSTT, it is about the prejudice towards women everywhere in our beloved country. I know some of you might have experience this first hand and simply keep mum about it. If none of you are willing to bring the matter forth, it is going to happen to someone else and it’s going to get worse. This sort of discrimination is happening everywhere in the government agencies and private sector.

We have tried various channels in voicing out our concern and our objection in this debacle. But to no avail. Some of my friends whom are politically active were not very supportive with our cause either. Instead I was accused of deliberately blaming everything on the BN government; I was being ungrateful to the BN government, etc. Let me make it clear again that the issue at hand is not a political in nature. It crosses all political ideology. One other organization (NUTP) that seems interested to assist us, but when contacted; my wife was told that they only assist members. The only sincere assistant we had is from Wanita PKR Chief YB Hajjah Zuraida Kamaruddin and her colleagues. We thanked them from the bottoms of our heart. We were even offered a legal counsel aid.

I would also like to comments about “beloved” leaders whom spoke so very highly of themselves. They spoke about justice and transparency above all else. They spoke about changes in the country. Well in this case I’ve not seen any.

Where are the UMNO leaders? Where is Dato’ Mokhtar Samad Division Head of UMNO Bandar Tun Razak, whom I might add, refuse to even listen to our plea for help. Instead he is more concern about his own political gain and personal interest? He was busy having a “meeting” with an UMNO General Assembly candidate along with others representative (perwakilan) from Bandar Tun Razak. It is been said that the meeting was held at his house on 31 January 2009. I have an SMS from him that neither denies nor agrees the purpose of the meeting is for their own personal gain or some say “cari makan”. If it’s true, shame on you and please resign from your post and from UMNO. UMNO do not deserve a person such as you. I would suggest that you quit from UMNO and create your own party that would suit your own needs and agenda. By the way, I’m supposed to be a member of UMNO Taman Bukit Anggerik, but due to some misunderstanding in the past, my name is not listed till now. My situation can be confirmed by my Head of Branch Taman Bukit Anggerik, Bandar Tun Razak.

Where is the so called lioness of UMNO, Dato Seri Rafidah, Wanita UMNO Chief and her deputy Dato Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil? Are they still quarrelling about whom should be Wanita UMNO wing Chief? We’ve been called up by Wanita PKR Chief, Puan Hajjah Zuraida Kamaruddin last January 2009. To be honest we agree to the meeting with heavy hearted. We are worried that this issue will be politicizes by the party. As we believe this issue should not ever been politicizes. However during the meeting Puan Hajjah Zuraida made a statement that the issue is not a political issue. It crosses the political ideology. The statement was made prior to our confession that we are UMNO members. My wife is a member of Puteri UMNO Sungai Rawang Branch, Sepang Division. I questioned these UMNO leaders as they (or at the very least Dato Seri Rafidah) are part of the Members of Parliament of the Federal Government. They are the one that should be interested in the issue. Instead, an opposition Member of Parliament is the one whom offer assistance and show much interest in the issue.

Where is the leader whom so proudly brandishes a Keris in last UMNO General Assembly, Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien, of the Malaysia Ministry Of Education (MOE)? Your email address is nowhere to be found. How can you be a Minister of Education when you do not even have an email for communication purposes? In this age of information technology, an email is an essential part of your communication tools either personal or business purposes. Even my sweet beloved mother has one and she is a full time house wife. Furthermore the personnel of your ministry also seem not very knowledgeable of their own ministry / department Service Circulation. They have quoted some statements from certain Service Circulation which is not true at all. Please look into this matter, maybe the personnel from the ministry should be educated first before we started to educate others.

Where is Dato Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen of the Womens, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM), whom I believe should be most concern with regards to this matter? Why does Puan Noriah Kasnon, the deputy minister, made a statement in Parliament without viewing the actual facts? We request politely that you retract the statement back in Parliament. Puan Noriah Kasnon is implicating my wife of telling lies by not having an offer letter from MOE or its department. She has received the placement memo under her name from the Hulu Langat District Office of Education. A Memo is a shortening of Memorandum. It is a form of contract. Please view Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law at: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/memorandum

Where is the ever so vigilant Senator Murugiah Thopasamy, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister Office, whom is more concern about the a suspected criminal in a luxury car theft syndicate and the wellbeing of foreign workers from Bangladesh? Should you be more concern about our complaints? I believe we have more merits than a suspected criminal (no offence to any party, I’m trying to make a point) and foreign workers. We are citizen of Malaysia. We demand retribution.

Where are the leaders of Wanita MCA whom submitted a memorandum on 23 February 2009 to Dewan Rakyat Speaker, with regards to sexist remarks amongst the MPs? The Minister of (KPWKM) is a member of MCA. Shouldn’t the Wanita MCA also submit a memorandum with regards to this issue? It is clearly a discrimination against women.

This issue is not a political issue in nature. All leaders should address this issue accordingly as it is a public interest issue. It crosses political ideology, race and religion status. Consider this open letter as an outburst towards all parties whom had failed to address this issue even after we have sent countless emails to your agencies. Consider this open letter also as an answer towards all those whom so lightly pass judgments towards my wife and me without knowing the exact facts of the incident. There are more than the stories that you have heard and read. If you only see what is under the rug, you will see a whole lot more. Take some time before making such personal remarks to anyone. Do unto others as you would like others do unto you.

Sincerely,
MOHD IZWAN BIN DATO’ ZAKARIA
B.SC (HONS) COMPUTING FOR BUSINESS
UCSI / NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY
PA / AVG.

Persistent Gender Discrimination within the Umno-BN led Government

Kenyataan Media
4 Mac 2009

Diskriminasi Gender yang berterusan dalam Kerajaan Pimpinan Umno-BN

Ternyata berlakunya berbagai diskriminasi dan ketidakadilan berdasarkan gender terhadap wanita di Malaysia. Wanita Malaysia sering berdepan dengan pelbagai halangan dan diskriminasi dalam usaha merealisasi sepenuhnya potensi mereka untuk menyumbang kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi, politik dan budaya negara. Contoh kes terkini Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin yang dinafikan peluang untuk menjadi guru sandaran semata-mata kerana beliau hamil adalah secebis daripada bongkah air batu yang lebih besar.

Kesetaraan gender bukan bermakna menyamakan lelaki dengan wanita atau bersikap neutral gender tetapi ia bermaksud menanam kesedaran tentang perbezaan antara wanita dan lelaki dan mengiktiraf kedua-duanya mempunyai keperluan dan peranan yang berbeza, pengalaman hidup yang berbeza dan kekuatan dan kelemahan yang berbeza, terutama apabila merebut peluang pekerjaan.

Dengan itu, Wanita Parti KeADILan Rakyat, yakin bahawa Kesetaraan Gender cuma akan tercapai jika kerajaan Malaysia mengambil langkah-langkah yang positif dan tegas untuk membasmi semua bentuk ketidaksetaraan gender. Meminda Artikel 8 Perlembagaan Persekutuan tanpa mengadakan peruntukan undang-undang yang spesifik untuk menghapuskan diskriminasi atas dasar gender tidak akan menghapuskan ketidaksetaraan ini.

Sikap acuh tak acuh kerajaan Malaysia terhadap diskriminasi gender menimbulkan andaian bahawa kerajaan mendokong fahaman seksisme dan menganggap taraf dan nilai wanita lebih rendah daripada lelaki. Oleh yang demikian, sudah sampai masanya semua saranan yang releven di bawah CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women) dikuatkuasakan oleh kerajaan Malaysia dengan serta merta.
(Gambar: Duduk, dari kanan Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin, Ketua Wanita Keadilan,Zuraida Kamaruddin, Naib Ketua Wanita Keadilan,Haniza Talha. Berdiri di belakang ialah ahli-ahli Kaukus Wanita Parlimen dan pimpinan Wanita Keadilan)

Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat, menggesa agar Kerajaan Malaysia meluluskan undang-undang dan peruntukan baru yang boleh menghapuskan semua bentuk diskriminasi terhadap wanita DAN semua polisi yang mendiskriminasikan wanita secara langsung atau tidak langsung, dijadikan kesalahan di bawah undang-undang,

Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat menggesa Kerajaan Malaysia menubuhkan satu tribunal yang berfungsi mengadili semua aduan tentang diskriminasi gender terhadap mana-mana individu, badan dan organisasi.

Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat, menyokong Deklarasi Beijing (1995) yang menyatakan “Kesetaraan antara lelaki dan wanita adalah berhubungkait dengan hak asasi manusia dan adalah salah satu syarat untuk mencapai keadilan sosial.” Malaysia tidak akan dapat menikmati pembangunan yang kekal dan berterusan jika hampir separuh daripada rakyatnya yang produktif dinafikan peluang yang sama rata untuk mencapai impian mereka.

Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ahli Parlimen Ampang
Ketua Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat
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Persistent Gender Discrimination within the Umno-BN led Government

Overwhelming evidence shows that discrimination and injustice against Malaysian women on grounds of gender persist. Malaysian women continue to suffer disadvantage and gender discrimination and being deprived of equal conditions for realizing their full potentials to contribute to national, economic, political and cultural development. Our present case involving Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin and the Ministry of Education is only the tip of the iceberg (attached is Press Release : Diskriminasi Gender Guru, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia, 28 Januari 2009).

Gender Equality is not about treating men and women the same or being gender neutral but to take cognizance of the differences between women and men and that women and men have different needs and roles, different life experiences and different disadvantages especially in the labour market participation.

Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat believes that the Government of Malaysia must take positive and affirmative action to eradicate gender inequality. Mere act of amending Article 8 of the Federal Constitution without specific legislative provisions to outlaw discrimination on grounds of gender is insufficient to eliminate gender inequality. The indifferent attitude of the Malaysian Government towards gender discrimination implies their endorsement on sexism and the acceptance of the belief that women is inferior to or less valuable than men in our society. The relevant recommendations under CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of Discrimination against Women) must be implemented by the Government of Malaysia without further delay and any reservation.

Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat, urges the Government of Malaysia to enact new law and provision to end immediately all forms of discrimination against women AND to make all discriminatory policies, express or implied, and discrimination on grounds of gender an offence under the law. Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat, also urge the Government of Malaysia to set up a tribunal to deal with complaints of gender discrimination against any organization, body or enterprise.

Wanita Parti KeADILan Rakyat, upholds the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) that “Equality between men and women is a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice.” Malaysia will not be able to enjoy long and lasting sustainable people-centered development when almost half of the productive segment of the country is deprived of the equal opportunity to realize their dreams.

Zuraida Kamaruddin
Member of Parliament for Ampang
Women Chief, Parti Keadilan Rakyat