Stop Datukship abuse!

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Datukship is the most common title awarded in the country today.  As the saying goes “just throw a stone in the street and you will hit one”.

Recently it is reported that a China company’s chief executive has admitted paying US$100,000.00 for the title to a BN politician in a local media portal.  The said foreigner believes with such title he can have close connection with the politicians and royalty to conduct his business.   He alleged this is a common practice in Malaysia.

To this Deputy National Youth Chief of Parti Gerakan, Andy Yong said “it is high time to stop this nonsense as the title is an honourable one where only those who truly deserved shall be bestowed with it”

“It has been an open secret that Datoship can be conferred to anyone so long as he or she can afford to pay for it.  Many unscrupulous so-called agents or politicians had made their fortunes out of it.  Even the general public are aware that if Datoship is awarded by two particular states, it is of less value compare to others because it can be easily bought.  In some Opposition-controlled states such practice is also common where recipients are often required to pay in kind or make cash donations” added Andy.

In the yesteryears, such honorable awards were usually bestowed to aging high-ranking civil servants, politicians, High Court judges and rich philanthropists.  Today many have abused the system for monetary gain with or without the knowledge of the respective state Rulers due to patronage purpose.

“This is tantamount to some kind of dishonesty and corrupt practice.  The relevant authority should look into this matter seriously, otherwise it actually breeds unhealthy business and social cultures” urges Andy.

The Malaysian Times

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是时候修改1976年法律改革(婚姻及离婚)法令的不实际和不公平条文

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针对民联国会议员提呈私人法令,以修改1976年法律改革(婚姻及离婚)法令,民青团表示支持。根据报道,他们建议的修订是有关于转教课题,尤其是和1976年法律改革(婚姻及离婚)法令的第51条文有关。

 

民青团署理团长杨锦成律师指出,该修订不只是第51条文清楚和明确列明此类课题需交由民事法庭处理,同时也包括家长在对方不知情或不同意的情况下,单方面作出转教。这是一个必须解决的长期课题,并寻求三分之二的国会议员通过,以修订联邦宪法第12(4)条文。

 

杨锦成表示,在过去很多单方面转教问题都还没有获得法庭的解决或明确的判决。这造成了很多社会不公平和侵犯了非转教家长的权利,因此国会议员必须再次严正看待此事。

 

“同时,我认为1976年法律改革(婚姻及离婚)法令的第106条文必须被探讨。该条文要求双方在申请离婚时,出席一个调解团体或仲裁庭,尤其是在只有一方提出离婚的情况下。在我15年的法律生涯,这要求是浪费时间和资源的,因为我从未遇到在出席仲裁庭而和解的客户,同时由于在确保双方在指定日期出席所面对的难题,审讯多次被展延。该展延将加剧面对婚姻问题的夫妻之间的紧张关系和不幸,尤其是牵涉无辜的儿女时,而该辅导员往往都不是专业或权威人士,”杨锦成说。

 

最后,杨锦成也呼吁政府考虑确保法庭判决的保障或赡养费的方式,如强制性每个月汇款予妇女、家庭和社会发展部的特定部门。

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Gerakan Youth supports the recent move to table a private bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (“LRA”).  It is reported that they propose the said amendment relating to conversion issue specifically related to section 51 of the LRA.

 

Deputy National Youth Chief of Parti Gerakan, Andy Yong who is also a lawyer avers that “amendment not only on section 51 should spell out clearly and unambiguously that such issue is to be dealt by the civil court but on the issue of unilateral conversion by a parent without the knowledge or consent of the other.  This is a long outstanding issue need to be resolved and required the support of two third of the parliamentarians to amend Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution”.

 

Andy also said “in the past many unilateral conversion cases have yet to be resolved or decided clearly by the Courts; it has creates social injustice and violates the rights of the non-converting parent hence the lawmakers shall look into this matter seriously once and for all”

 

“In addition, I opine that other provision such as section 106 of the LRA need to be looked into.  Section 106 requires parties to attend a conciliatory body or tribunal before petition for a divorce.  This is particularly so when only one of the spouses wants to divorce.  In my 15 years of legal practice, such requirement is waste of time and resources.  This is because never once I encounter my client reconciled after attending the said tribunal.  There were frequent postponements of hearings due to difficulties in securing attendance of all members on the appointed date.  The delays aggravate the already tensed and unfortunate situation of the spouses in a marriage facing difficulty especially if it involves children who are the innocent parties.  Quite often the counselor is not a professional or an expert” said Andy.

 

Lastly Andy also urges the government to consider methods to secure maintenance or alimony awarded by Court such as compulsory monthly deposit to a relevant government department.
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Malaysiakini – http://s.m5.malaysiakini.com/news/280995.html

Move Forward not Backward

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There are more important matters should be dealt with instead of talking on vernacular schools or Sedition Act or extremism.

Certain politicians are urged to stop living in denial, after all endemic corruption, abuse of power and the ineffective or weakening of the country’s institutions are some factors that caused Malaysians especially the urbanites to lose faith.

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