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KUANTAN: Raub UiTM recently took part in a national seminar held in Parliament to empower youths on electoral reforms. The seminar titled “Electoral System Reforms: Benefits for the Young Generation” was jointly organised by the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), Raub UiTM’s Administrative Science and Policy Studies Faculty (FSPPP), Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) and the National Union Of Malaysian Muslim Students.

Raub UiTM said in a statement that the programme was aimed at ensuring the voice of youths were not left behind in the government and NGOs’ efforts to bring about election reforms in Malaysia. It said the programme was also to increase awareness and knowledge of the participants on the subject matter. FSPPP studies centre head Che Hamdan Che Mohd Razali (pic) said students had the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of a scholarly discussion in Parliament other than just studying in classrooms.

“In addition, this programme provides a space for students to offer their opinions on electoral reforms,” he said. Among the topics discussed were political education for the young generation, improvements to the electoral system and the role of civil society in election reforms.

There was also a dialogue session with Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong. Up to 220 participants took part in the programme, including FSPPP students, lecturers and alumni as well as the public.


PETALING JAYA: A Muslim NGO has denied an allegation that vernacular schools are a source of racial disunity among Malaysians, claiming that the family also plays an important role in shaping a one’s personality.

“Historically, we have already accepted a split schooling system, including vernacular schools and religious schools.

“Parents are the ones who must let their children socialise with other ethnic groups,” Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) secretary-general Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said.

“They can also be the ones who are not progressive in terms of broadening their children’s social circle.”

He believed that the family plays a more important role in establishing prejudiced perspectives in children.

Individuals themselves may also learn to be more critical of other races, he said on the sidelines of a forum titled “Aspirasi Malaysia: Realiti & Jalan Ke Depan” (“Malaysia’s aspirations: The realities and road ahead”).

“Parents can sometimes be responsible for a child’s narrow-minded mindset. “It doesn’t matter which school we graduate from, be it a Chinese school or religious school.

“What is more important is that we need to have the initiative to explore and be more open to socialising with people who are different from us.” Faisal said parents play a role in incorporating perspectives that are respectful and open towards the other races.

Previously, PAS Muslimat vice-chief Salamiah Md Nor had demanded the abolition of vernacular schools, claiming they don’t contribute to racial unity.

At the same forum, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) anthropology lecturer Ong Puay Liu said although children spend about eight hours in school, they go back to their family at the end of the day.

“So the family should prepare the groundwork to respect each other,” she said. Ong agreed that local educational institutions are also at fault. She said people’s mindsets are shaped by the conditions they grow up in.

“Apart from learning and adapting to the environment, children should also develop self-awareness and critical thinking to understand what’s right and wrong.” Free Malaysia Today.

KUALA LUMPUR: An Islamic NGO said race and religious relations can be improved if there is consistency of action by the government and civil societies. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) secretary-general Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said all parties should speak up over contentious issues.

“If someone spreads hate speech by slamming a certain religion, we must all come together to fight against it regardless of the racial or religious background of that person,” he said.

Faisal said the government should emp ower and give space to civil societies to voice out in public and advocate on issues touching on the fundamental rights of citizens regardless of their background. He said this initiative – through all media channels available – should start from the grassroots level and that the government should lead the effort.

Faisal was speaking on the sidelines of a forum on “Aspirations of Malaysia: Realty and the Way Forward” here. Giving the campaign to boycott non-Muslim-made products as an example, Faisal said: “If everyone stands firm with the notion of prospering the Malaysian economy together, this shouldn’t be a big issue.”

He said the way to seek amicable solutions to issues was to “open the door for discussion”. Listening to each other’s concerns and collectively evaluating these concerns based on the “consistent stance” adopted would help resolve issues, he said. Free Malaysia Today.

Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) is referring to a joint statement made by twenty two countries urging the Chinese government to end its mass arbitrary detentions and related violations against Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

ABIM described the effort as timely given the major persecution and infringement of freedom of religion and live towards the Muslim communities have been going on for decades without any effort by the Chinese government to put an end to these gross abuses.

The statement signed by the Permanent Representative of respective states including United Kingdom, Germany and Japan has shown that the concern about the arbitrary persecution targeting Uighurs and other minorities has come to the attention of the state members of the United Nations, in particular the UN Human Rights Council.

The right to live and freedom of religion and belief are recognized as part and parcel of universal values that must be preserved, hence ABIM urges the whole communities to stand together with the call to request China to uphold and respect these fundamental elements of human rights.

ABIM also calls for any other states, OIC and Asian countries in particular to take the same joint effort as a mechanism to strengthen the voice of protest and disfavour upon the Chinese government for acts and omissions that do not respect and uphold the human rights of Uighur people and other religious minorities or communities who are prevented from having the freedom of religion and belief and the rights to a meaningful life.

As specifically affirmed in the Article 6.3 of the Asian Human Rights Charter which states that “the freedom of religion and conscience is particularly important in Asia where most people are deeply religious; many find their primary identity in religion”, it gives connotation that any act of infringement of religious freedom in Asia is perceived as unacceptable and alien in this continent.

MOHAMAD RAIMI AB RAHIM President, Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM).

Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) express deep condolences to all Egyptians, leaders and members of FJP Party and family of Dr. Mohammed Morsi. According to reports from leading international media, Dr. Mohammad Morsi passed away in court after having collapsed during a trial process.

Although he governed Egypt for a short period of time following the peoples’ revolution to overthrow Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Dr. Morsi was a significant leader in giving his best commitment towards reform, truth and justice in Egypt.

On 24 of March 2014, ABIM had issued a strong statement condemning the death punishment meted out by the Egyptian court to 529 of Morsi’s supporters who was elected legitimately and democratically. At the same time, ABIM urge for a comprehensive investigation on the cause of his death, given the fact that he was treated badly and denied basic medical treatment during the time he served in prison.

After more than six years of being persecuted, the tragedy on Dr. Morsi is but a glimpse on the massive persecution by the al-Sisi tyrannical regime. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, exiled, and imprisoned. The silence of the international community over this matter is an infringement on the spirit of democracy.

Hence ABIM urge all Malaysian citizens to consistently criticise the atrocities committed by the Egyptian government. Furthermore, ABIM welcome all Muslims to conduct the janazah prayer in absentia and pray for Allah to grant His mercy and Jannah to him. Innalillahi wainna ilaihi rajiun - Indeed we belong to Allah and indeed to Him we will return.

Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim, President, Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM).

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) calls on the People’s Republic of China to release Uyghur Muslims immediately from the Xinjiang detention camps. ABIM also urges all such centres and established camps to be closed without delay.

The transgression and violation of human rights against ethnic Uyghurs in these camps are beyond the bounds of humanity. Disclosures made by Uyghur communities who were forced to flee China clearly reveals the viciousness, describing the detentions camps as torture centres causing physical injuries , psychological stress, depression and trauma among interned ethnic Uyghur.

Uyghur communities have been denied access to information and contact that has resulted in them being separated from their family members in Xinjiang and abroad. Most Uyghur are being deprived of citizen’s rights to possess and renew passports which bars them from moving freely, and this includes being unable to return home without being subject to further intidimidation, detention and persecution.

(Video) Hospital Chaiplancy From A Muslim Perspective by Ms. Rehanah Sadiq (Muslim Chaplain)

Ummu Noura Ummu Sofea

It was not pre-arranged. It was a coincidence.

My very intention attending this event was to express my genuine support and solidarity towards all kind-hearted New Zealanders and those who were afflicted by the recent atrocities.

May Allah have mercy on the souls of those who returned to Allah and grant ease to the loved ones they leave behind. The beautiful bouquet, handed over to me as a representative of ABIM-FGIS-GPM and all Malaysians is actually a symbol. It represents both Malaysia  (hibiscus or bunga raya)-New Zealand (fern) which symbolises the relationship of care, love and respect between the two countries.

His Excellency of New Zealand ambassador to Malaysia, upon presenting us with the bouquet, said that it was to symbolise New Zealand  as a country that will always support, care and protect the hibiscus (bunga raya) i.e. Malaysia especially in times of sadness and grief which we are facing today that we both mourning over the deaths and the victims of the dreadful massacre.

Thank you His Excellency Mr. Hunter Nottage.

So beautiful, it warms us all. We appreciate the thoughts and kindness you and your beautiful country shown to all of us here in Malaysia. We’ve been told of so many inside stories of how beautiful is your country, her people and of course your beloved Prime Minister, Ms. Jacinda Ardern.

Even with this unprecedented event taking place in your country, New Zealand will remain to have a special place in our hearts. Truly, behind this unfortunate event leaves an immense wisdom for all of us to learn and understand.

It is how we first need to understand each other better before we judge. The world has learnt a lot. Let’s stand together and fight over any kind of extremism.

May we have a better future, a kinder generation, tomorrow. InshaAllah.

Together we will build a stronger bond for the benefits of the coming generations, the hope of the future. Keep well and stay safe, New Zealand.

Thank you, from the deepest recesses in our hearts.

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