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


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. 


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

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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