Sinar Ramadhan 1438H

VARIOUS relief initiatives have been launched to ease the burden of groups impacted by Covid-19 and the Movement Control Order (MCO).

One such initiative is the #FrontlinersFirst project by Projek Wawasan Rakyat (POWR) that support the Health Ministry (MoH) staff with urgent childcare requirements.

Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) president and POWR coordinator Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said there are very few alternatives in childcare services as it must be licensed.

“At the same time, these groups also run the risk of exacerbating the spread of Covid-19,” he said in a statement recently.

According to him, POWR aims to raise funds to support at least 50% of the childcare costs, collaborating with childcare service platform KiddoCare who are reducing their rates for MoH frontliners.

“There may also, as of yet, still be insufficient measures in place to ensure the livelihoods of small-time traders whose businesses will be nearly shut down completely by the MCO.

“Many such Malaysians depends on extremely small incomes, and will not have the financial means necessary to provide for their families over a long period of business shutdowns,” he added.

As such, he called for the government to redirect resources from political leaders to frontliners and vulnerable groups including low-income earners, the elderly, the homeless, migrant workers, and refugees.

Muhammad Faisal suggested that the government could emulate the move undertaken by the Singapore government where its ministers and holders of political office will be taking pay cuts while giving bonuses to government servants in the front lines combating the virus.

“The latest Cabinet is significantly larger than the previous ones, and the additional salaries for ministers, deputy ministers, political secretaries and all the various attendant staff are all extremely high.

“Thus, sufficient measures must be taken immediately as Malaysian frontliners are facing massive burdens,” he added.

Meanwhile, prominent food bank The Lost Food Project (TLFP) GM Mohd Syazwan Mokhtar said that although TLFP is still operating its food distribution services, they are in middle of looking at ways to continue providing sustenance to its most critical charities due to the Covid- 19 crisis.

“Although ‘feeding the hungry, not the landfill’ is our mantra, we look at this critical time to focus on providing food for the needy first particularly when food source becomes scarce, especially for the B40 group,” Mohd Syazwan said in a statement last Friday.

He mentioned that TLFP is looking at ways to collaborate with food delivery service to provide cooked meals to some of its charities.

“A platform will also be launched soon to allow people to contribute as these meals will incur some cost for preparation,” he said.

Mohd Syazwan stressed that all of the efforts will be conducted within the MCO guidelines and TLFP is tailoring its operational procedures to suit health and safety standards during this time.

“Beyond this crisis, TLFP is determined to continue and grow our operations, work with more partners and stakeholders to ensure that we are able to provide to more underprivileged communities,” he added.

Separately, MoH DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) is encouraging the spirit of helping among Malaysians when he tweeted that the nation should protect the elderly and those with medical conditions.

“Help them so as they don’t need to leave home and teach them to protect themselves,” he said on his Twitter account last Friday. Sources: The Malaysian Reserve.

 

 

Omer Kanat

Published 21 May 2020, 9:44 am

COMMENT | On May 14, the US Senate passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. The bill now goes to the US House of Representatives and then to the desk of the president to be signed into law.

This is a milestone for us as Uyghurs. We have spent years struggling to have our voices heard. Since 2017, the Chinese government's brutal campaign of mass internment, imprisonment, and coerced labour has brought the continued existence of the Uyghurs into question.

The legislation endorses targeted sanctions on culpable Chinese government officials and creates a mandate for reports on human rights abuses in the Uyghur region and on Chinese government harassment of Uyghurs living inside the US. Uyghurs have a pathway to bring to account our persecutors.

It is now time for other countries to embark on similar actions and Muslim-majority countries must break their silence on Chinese state repression of Uyghurs. Malaysia can take the lead.

Malaysia has witnessed a growing outspokenness on the Uyghur crisis. Late last year, the Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim) urged the Chinese government to stop “playing with political propaganda” inside Malaysia about conditions for Uyghurs, adding the abuses are well documented.

Furthermore, the Malaysian government appointed the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation to investigate reports of Chinese government repression in the Uyghur region.

As the executive director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, an organisation dedicated to documenting rights abuses targeting Uyghurs and advocating for change, I welcome these developments in Malaysia.

Uyghurs understand that states like Malaysia must deal with China. We also believe that states like Malaysia can take a lead in advocating for justice and freedom from persecution.

Often when discussing China, observers claim some governments bury their values for the sake of economic promises. Malaysia can demonstrate that values can be at the forefront of relations with China and maintain national interest.

The Uyghur people are in an existential fight for their ethno-religious identity. An academic has estimated that up to 1.8 million Uyghurs may have been interned in camps since 2017.

The reports of a system that is diversifying its repression are shocking. One notes how in 2017 alone prison sentences increased 10 times than in the previous year.

Another describes how: “Nearly a half million children have been separated from their families and placed in boarding schools.” Camp survivors give accounts of indoctrination designed to curb Uyghurs’ religious beliefs and language, cornerstones of their distinctiveness.

Malaysian civil society has made its feelings known about the Uyghur crisis. In addition to Abim, others have spoken out. The Malaysian Bar Council has pointed out the repression facing Uyghurs in China. Tenaganita called for “protection and compassion” for Uyghurs, saying that they “are now one of the most persecuted groups in the world.”

There have been calls from the top Islamic jurist in Perlis and Malaysian intellectuals for more pressure to be exerted on China and to resist Beijing’s disinformation in Malaysia about the Uyghur crisis.

There are small signs the Malaysian government is losing patience. Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed said his former administration would not extradite Uyghurs seeking asylum in Malaysia on the grounds that they are not “fairly protected” in China.

Malaysia has a record of guaranteeing Uyghurs’ safety. In October 2018, Malaysia released 11 Uyghur refugees to Turkey, after dropping immigration-related charges. Mahathir commented: “They have done nothing wrong in this country, so they are released.”

All these actions have been undertaken because Malaysians believe in freedom and justice. These are values Malaysians are willing to defend. The people of Malaysia know what is at stake.

To speak out on the Uyghur crisis is to push back against the imposition of Chinese Communist Party values that Chinese diplomats, media, and political leaders are aggressively promoting across the globe.

What the Chinese party-state is proposing is authoritarianism that offers a narrow definition on freedom of religion, speech and privacy. Any real or perceived opponent is suppressed extrajudicially or in the biased criminal system.

Malaysia can make a difference and not just in its bilateral relations with China. It is an influential player among Muslim-majority states and in Southeast Asia. Its voice carries weight in multilateral organisations.

Already there are signs of concern about the intense repressive turn in the Uyghur region among Muslim-majority states. Whether it is protestors in Indonesia and Turkey, members of Parliament in Kuwait, or Bahrain’s Council of Representatives, leadership on the Uyghur crisis from Muslim states will make an impact on how China treats Uyghurs.

Image is everything in Beijing as it embarks on policies of global influence. Malaysia’s direction and reminders to China that the values of justice and freedom cannot be conveniently put aside in this pursuit is part of the solution to ending the Uyghur nightmare.

It is time for Malaysia, Muslim-majority states, and free nations across the globe to put in place legislative protections for the Uyghur people.

OMER KANAT is executive director of Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Sources: Malaysiakini

Nur Hasliza Mohd Salleh

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KAJANG: A group of young Muslims led by Abim, the Muslim youth movement, organised a silent protest tonight outside a convention centre where a “Beautiful Xinjang” cultural show was being held, to show support for the Uighur minority there.

Abim vice-president Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Samsudin urged the government to speak out consistently against the injustices committed against the ethnic Uighur minority in Xinjang province. He said Abim also urged all Malaysians to boycott events organised by the Chinese government.

The protest was held at the Bangi Avenue Convention Centre here, tightly guarded by police.

Also present were representatives of PAS, the Global Peace Mission and the Muslims for Uighur organisation.


The Chinese government has been accused of oppressing the Uighur ethnic minority in Xinjiang, who are Muslim, and of forcing them into vocational training camps for “political education”. The special rapporteur of the United Nations has said that as many as a million or 7% of Muslims in Xinjiang are been sent to the camp.

Nazir Hilmi, leader of PAS Youth in Bangi, said thousands would hold large-scale protest demonstrations against the Xinjang cultural shows if it was held across the country.

He urged the government to make clear that it did not agree with the Chinese action against the Uighur. Although the government wished to maintain good relations with China, that did not mean the government should not take a stand on the treatment of the Uighur.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and People’s Vision Project (PoWR) today launched a special fund to facilitate journalists in carrying out their duties during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The project aimed at raising donations to cover the cost of certain items such as face masks, disinfectant and other necessities to be given free of charge to journalists.

“The project is a sign of solidarity among Malaysians to appreciate the sacrifice of journalists on duty who face uncertain risks in order to provide fast and accurate reports to the people.

“The struggles of journalists should not be overlooked especially in ensuring that they are always healthy and safe while carrying out their duties,” said the organisations in a joint statement here today.

It said individuals and organisations wanting to help could channel their contributions to the Public Bank account number 3077428903 (National Union of Journalists Malaya). — Bernama

Sunday, 19 Jul 2020 07:37 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) welcomes efforts to amend the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Act 1959 (Revised 1978, Amendment and Extension 1995) to empower the use of the Malay language in the country.

Its president Muhammad Faizal Abdul Aziz said Abim supports any effort to consolidate laws on the use of the national language, to ensure the correct use of the language.

“As we already know, language is an important medium to strengthen the role of institutions and be able to uphold the language, literature and knowledge among the people,” he said in a statement here, today.

Muhammad Faisal was referring to the draft amendment of Section 2 of the National Language Act 1963/67 (Act 32), which will give DBP the authority to enforce laws relating to the use of the Malay language, which has been prepared since early 2019.

Meanwhile, in another statement, he said Abim fully supports the government’s decision not to proceed with the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI), and at the same time called for the Dual Language Programme (DLP) to be abolished.

The government should revert to the national language policy in national education, which has been sidelined due to the implementation of DLP, he said.

“The implementation of the DLP will not only continue the failure of PPSMI which has been proven through academic studies but is also a form of victimisation of students, parents and teachers.

“Giving the autonomy to schools, parents and teachers to choose between DLP/ PPSMI and the Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening Command of English Language (MBMMBI) policy does not make any sense and at the same time is against the mission to uphold the Malay language,” he added.

Abim urges the Education Ministry to return back to focus on efforts to strengthen the English language by upgrading and revising the learning modules in schools.

On July 15, Senior Education Minister Dr Radzi Jidin said the ministry has no plans to reintroduce PPSMI in schools. — Bernama

Concerns Expressed Over Death Of Refugees After Boat Turned Away By Malaysia

 

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian authorities’ move to turn away hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded at sea has drawn criticism from the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) and a human rights activist.

“This is unconscionable. Nothing to be proud of,” said lawyer Eric Paulsen, after the Royal Malaysian Navy said it had foiled an attempt by some 200 Rohingya to enter Malaysian territory by boat.

The navy had despatched two ships after the boat was detected.

“Blocking desperate refugees from landing after months/weeks at sea can cause death. The world has seen this repeatedly,” Paulsen said on Twitter. 

 

This comes after another report yesterday that at least 24 Rohingya died at sea after their boat failed to reach Malaysia.

Authorities in Bangladesh said they rescued some 400 Rohingya from the vessel which had been adrift for weeks.

“They were at sea for about two months and were starving,” Reuters quoted an official as saying.

The incident also drew comments from Abim, which said it points to the failure of the United Nations and Asean to address the plight of the Rohingya. 

“It is time for Malaysia, Asean and all UN members to find a solution to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims, which has been an issue for decades,” said Abim president Muhammad Faisal.

AFP quoted survivors as saying that 32 Rohingya died aboard the overcrowded vessel “and their bodies were thrown in the sea”.

“We have cordoned off the place where they have landed. We could not question them because of the fear they could be infected with the coronavirus,” a Bangladeshi official told AFP.

More than 740,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar in 2017, with thousands paying smugglers to help them reach other countries including Malaysia. Sources: Free Malaysia Today. 

Abim: Proposed Visit To Xinjiang Would Not Resolve Uighur Crisis

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim) said that a proposed visit to Xinjiang, China by a Malaysian delegation would not resolve the plight of Uighur Muslims facing persecution there.

Its president, Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, said that instead, China should stop trying to cover up atrocities committed against the ethnic minority, as the situation has been uncovered by the world’s media.

Abim was responding to an open invitation by Chinese embassy spokesperson Tang Tang to “visit Xinjiang and discover a beautiful, peaceful and prosperous real Xinjiang with your own eyes.”

The invitation was made in response to a demonstration staged by Abim and several other NGOs last Friday, urging China to halt its human rights violations against the Uighurs.

Faisal said that analysis of reports by international bodies such as the United Nations and Amnesty International, and by international mainstream media, has shown gross infringement of the Uighurs’ fundamental rights on a massive scale.

“Besides, we ourselves read about the draconian laws enforced in Xinjiang, particularly the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Regulation on De-extremification 2017, where the provisions of the law prohibit Muslims in Xinjiang from wearing hijab, keeping a beard and promoting the concept of halal, which are claimed to interfere with other people’s secular lives.

“These oppressive provisions of law have allowed the Chinese government to abuse the fundamental rights of Uighur communities by interpreting any religious practice as equivalent to extremism and radicalism,” he said in a statement, today.

Faisal said that at the same time, Article 4 of the said provision states that the government must persist in “making Islam more Chinese”.

“It is totally against the spirit of freedom of religion and belief of the people when there are unreasonable interferences in religious affairs of Muslims, and they are forced to follow the incomprehensible laws that define Islam as a religion with an anti-religion doctrine,” he added.

Faisal added that the ongoing exodus of Uighur refugees, mostly women and children, refutes claims that the Uighur people are terrorists.

The mass flight clearly sends a message to the world that they are seeking help to fulfil their basic needs to live happily and freely, like any other people, he said.

“Thus, Abim firmly urges the Chinese government to solve the aforementioned issues, instead of persisting in efforts to normalise the persecution and atrocities committed against the Uighurs.

“Instead of leading us on a supervised trip to selected camps where Uighurs are detained, the Chinese government should let the United Nations independently observe the situation in Xinjiang, with reasonable access to all sources of information, without any interference.

Faisal said Abim is open to a frank dialogue and positive engagements with the Chinese government if the issues raised above are addressed in a transparent manner and in good faith.

“In fact, the stuffed panda and flowers brought by Abim during the protest the other day symbolised our peaceful intention to achieve those commitments,” he added. Sources: New Straits Times.

The Dalai Lama Will Be Speaking On Malaysia’s Muslim Youth Movement Online Forum To Promote Religious Harmony

 

The forum will discuss on “Compassion & Mercy As The Common Values Between Islam & Buddhism”

Kirat Kaur
BY KIRAT KAUR
In an increasingly rare display of respect and tolerance in Malaysia, an online Islam-Buddhist forum featuring the Dalai Lama – the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader – will be held this month to build inter-religious harmony.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, and International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC)’s Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Osman Bakar will be discussing the topic “Compassion & Mercy As The Common Values Between Islam & Buddhism” online on 28 September.
In an interview with Malaysiakini, organiser Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) explained that they believed different religious views should be discussed on a suitable platform that focuses on wisdom and truth.
Hence the idea to organise this interfaith dialogue.
Nowadays, we are often surrounded by elements of Islamophobia, triggered by irresponsible parties. We should engage in harmonious dialogue with various communities as a mechanism to explain Islam and the contribution of this religion towards peaceful coexistence.
 
ABIM believes that we need to look at a bigger perspective, which is how religious diversity can be an asset to harmony and unity, instead of a factor for conflict.
 
Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, President of Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) via Malaysiakini.
 
The event is also organised by the Tibetan Buddhist Culture Centre, Malaysia (TBCC), whose president Casey Liu will be moderating alongside ABIM’s president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz. Sources: The Rakyat Post.
 
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Set the Leadership of Prophet Muhammad as Example in Materializing SDG 2030

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL KEYNOTE ON THE BIRTHDAY OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD SALLALLāHU ‘ALAYHI WA SALLAM 1441H / 2019M

MUSLIM YOUTH MOVEMENT MALAYSIA (ABIM) 

SET THE LEADERSHIP OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD AS EXAMPLE IN MATERIALIZING SDG 2030 

As we know, the birth of Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam was a mercy from Allah Subhanahu wa-ta’ala not only to mankind, but also the entire universe. The mercy encompasses all aspects of our lives as Allah’s creatures.

Improving quality of lives, rebuilding human characters and upholding equal dignities of human beings are among the main philosophies derived from the Quranic verse Al-Anbiya: 107 “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.”

The persistence, sacrifice and discipline demonstrated by Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam should be appreciated as a foundation to develop a civilized society and an advanced nation.

Hence, it is a must for us to express our love to the beloved messenger of Allah not only during the celebration of His birthday, but at all times. As a committed Ummah, it is our obligation to follow the sunnah (path) of Rasulullah ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam in all aspects of our lives. 

The expression of love includes our commitment in following his examples as the ultimate role model of all time.

If we study the mechanisms used by Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam to transform the backward Arab society of Makkah into a glorious civilization notably mentioned by Allah in the Quran as Khayra Ummah (the best nation), they were similar to the goals stipulated by United Nations named as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030. 

In one hadith narrated by Tirmidzi, the first speech of Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam when he arrived in Madinah was:

"O people Spread (the greeting of) Salam, feed others, uphold the ties of kinship, and pray during the night when people are sleeping, and you will enter Paradise in peace."

The words of the Prophet clearly outlined four missions in the Madinah governance which were citizens’ security and peace (salam), economic welfare to eradicate poverty, fostering relationships among the people and spiritual development in the society.

These principles encompassed the main framework of SDG that is zero poverty, zero hunger, the equal rights of citizens as a pre-condition to fostering unity, peaceful lives, and spiritual development to create characters with integrity and as a result bring about a strong responsible institution. 

Besides, the emphasis on education to bring people out of the darkness of jahiliyyah resulting in equal rights and protection of women in the society, citizens who respect all creatures including the environment and as a result building the quality of lives of the people is part of the United Nantions SDG 2030 as an indicator towards sustainable development.

Thus, through the success of Prophet Muhammad to build an ideal civil society based on the sustainable pillars, as an Islamic movement, ABIM is committed to join hands with the international community in materializing the Sustainable Development Goals heading towards a meaningful mission of ABIM that is to build and lead the Khayra Ummah Civilization. 

Salam Maulidur Rasul 1441H to all Muslims in Malaysia and the whole world. May our love towards Prophet Muhammad remain strong and bloom with the awareness to carry on his struggle.

Praise be upon Prophet Muhammad ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Sollu ‘alan Nabi!

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz,
President,
Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM).

 
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