On Indira Gandhi's Federal Court Ruling
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
We applaud the Federal Court's bold decision in ruling that the unilateral conversion of M. Indira Gandhi's three children is null and void. The landmark ruling should put to rest any uncertainties involving similar conversion cases. We also hope the ruling will derail some of the ongoing efforts by right wing groups to sow discord and push this plural country further down the road of extremism.  >> read more
CENBET's 2018 New Year Message
Saturday, January 06, 2018
As the country heads to the polls that must be called in 2018, we call upon the voters to choose only candidates who stand for moderation and good governance, regardless of political affiliation. These are values CENBET hold dearly to. Candidates with a history of race-baiting or with questionable track record on transparency should be rejected outright.  >> read more
By Co-President, Gan Ping Sieu On Dress Code For Hotel Staff
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Local hotel operators should be more flexible in imposing dress code for their employees. The local management of international hotel chains should request their headquarters to waive the ban on frontline female Muslim staff from wearing the headscarf.  >> read more
By Co-President Gan Ping Sieu Supporting the Royal Institution's Lead in Curbing Extremism
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Political leaders and top government officials should take the cue from the Malaysian royalty which had stepped up to the plate in curbing rising extremism in the country. Of late, the royal institution had displayed its wisdom and courage by calling out on words and deeds that had threatened to unravel the fabric that holds this nation together.  >> read more
By Co-President, Gan Ping Sieu On The Treatment of Turkish Journalist, Mustafa Akyol
Saturday, September 30, 2017
The authorities' recent high-handed treatment of prominent Turkish journalist, Mustafa Akyol has raised troubling questions about Malaysia's commitment to be a moderate, progressive country. If anything, we seem to be sliding down the path of orthodox radicalism.  >> read more
CENBET Board of Governor Member, Datuk Simon Lim Seng Chai on DBKL's Decision to Deny Permit for "Better Beer Festival 2017"
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall's (DBKL) decision to deny organizers a permit to hold the "Better Beer Festival 2017" may lead to state encroachment into more areas of personal life. It is a slippery slope when "political sensitivities" is cited for banning perfectly legal activities. In fact, this would have been the sixth year the event is held, had DBKL not denied the permit.  >> read more
By Co-President Gan Ping Sieu on the Ruckus in the Nothing To Hide 2.0 Event
Monday, August 14, 2017
The ruckus at the "Nothing To Hide 2.0" event yesterday points at a worrying trend of a radicalised society resorting to violence as a form of expression. Worse still, some top leaders shirk from their responsbilities in managing the polarity and aggravate the discord for short-term political gains at the expense of nation building.  >> read more
By CENBET Co-President, Gan Ping Sieu on the Home Ministry's Decision to Ban G25's Book
Monday, July 31, 2017
The Home Ministry should review its censorship process for print publications, to restore public confidence of its role as a gatekeeper of information and views.  >> read more
By Board of Governor Member, Datuk Simon Lim Seng Chai on the Rejection of 1MDB-related Questions in the Dewan Rakyat
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The rejection of over 30 questions related to 1MDB in the Dewan Rakyat recently has raised troubling questions over the Legislature's sacred role as an avenue for taxpayers to get answers on matters of public importance. The sanctity of this function in Parliament cannot be overstated as each day's sitting begin with the Question and Answer session.  >> read more
By Member of the Board of Governor, Datuk Simon Lim Seng Chai on the ROS' Latest Directive to the DAP
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Government agencies like the Registrar of Societies (ROS) needs to draw up, and stick to a SOP on administrative decisions that have political implications, to avoid being accused of being a tool of the ruling government. The ROS' latest directive for the DAP to hold fresh polls for its CEC has only fueled public suspicion of government interference.  >> read more
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