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.

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