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
 
On Tan Sri Isa Samad's Appointment as SPAD Acting Chairman
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Appointments to key positions in government agencies and GLCs should not be treated as a game of musical chairs. We are deeply concerned about how Tan Sri Isa Samad has been made Acting Chairman of SPAD, even as controversy lingers over his stewardship of FGV, which he had recently resigned from.  >> read more
 
On Calls for the Penang CM to Skip "Buka Puasa" Events - By Committee Member Derek Low Eng Tack
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Malaysians from different backgrounds should be encouraged to take part in the festivities of other communities to enhance inter-racial understanding. This is pertinent at a time of heightened tension among those from different backgrounds. Asking the Penang Chief Minister to stay away from "buka puasa" events is uncalled for and smacks of racial superiority.  >> read more
 
On Tasik Gelugor MP's Statement Regarding Child Rapists
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
​We are deeply appalled by the views of the Tasik Gelugor MP who seemed to suggest that a marriage between a rapist and his child victim would be a remedy for social problems. His views go against the process of natural justice and set the country further down the path of narrow mindedness. It also goes against the ideals of moderation which CENBET advocates.  >> read more
 
Vice-President Ms Ng Yeen Seen on Education Material That Enhances Stereotyping
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
As moderate and peace loving Malaysian, CENBET expressed concerns over any form of religious and/or racial stereotyping being promoted in school. This recent incident as exposed via social media warrants concern from the relevant authorities because if the case was genuine but left unchecked, the younger generation will be seriously misguided into accepting racial and religious stereotyping as justified and allowed.  >> read more
 
On the Issue of Porcine Substance Found in Products by Co-President Gan Ping Sieu
Thursday, February 09, 2017
The discovery of porcine substance in paint brushes should be treated solely as a trade description issue and should not be used to whip up racial-religious sentiments. Proper labeling of products and food items that may contain substance forbidden by some religions can help allay concerns from their devotees. This should be extended to all major religions here, such as Islam, which forbids its devotees from consuming pork and Hinduism, which forbids the consumption of beef.  >> read more
 
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