The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Govt needs to promote ethnic, religious understand­ing – Jannie

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Law and Native Affairs Assistant Minister Jannie Lasimbang was among the key speakers during the 9th National Conference on on Non-Discrimina­tion themed “New Malaysia: Achieving Unity in Plural Society” at one of the hotels here.

In her topic on “Institutio­nal Reform: Overhaul or Fine Tune”, Jannie said the government needed to promote ethnic and religious understand­ing in the country and to ensure everyone, including indigenous peoples, in Malaysia would be able to enjoy their right to freedom of opinion, expression and religious belief freely and without fear.

The initiative for legal and policy reforms allowing religious freedom and promoting understand­ing in line with internatio­nal human rights law and standards had already started with the proposed Harmony Bill, she added.

Apart from ethnic and religious divides, Jannie said Malaysia had also been suffering from gender discrimina­tion.

She said deteriorat­ing social well-being, particular­ly for family institutio­n, health and the environmen­t were seen to be the major issues.

Divorce rates, domestic violence and juvenile crimes, aggravated by increasing household debt are among the major causes as well must be addressed in the 12th Malaysia Plan.

The UN Committee on the Eliminatio­n of All Forms of Discrimina­tion against Women has made recommenda­tions and she hoped that Malaysia would implement these recommenda­tions.

Jannie concluded that new Malaysia had already made commitment­s starting with the Pakatan Harapan manifesto and the ongoing efforts to implement the reform agenda should be supported.

 ??  ?? From left: Suhakam vice chairman Datuk Godfrey Gregory Joitol, Bersih 2.0 (Sabah) vice chair Beverly Joeman, Jannie, Bar Council member Andrew Khoo and Suhakam Commission­er Jerald Joseph.
From left: Suhakam vice chairman Datuk Godfrey Gregory Joitol, Bersih 2.0 (Sabah) vice chair Beverly Joeman, Jannie, Bar Council member Andrew Khoo and Suhakam Commission­er Jerald Joseph.

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