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
 
Proposal to Restrict Citizenship Based on Language Competency by Gan Ping Sieu
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
It is senseless to deny anyone born in this country of full citizenship on account of weak command of the national language. In fact, convicted hardcore criminals do not even have their citizenships revoked and there is no reason why those who do not meet language competency standards should be treated as second-class citizens.  >> read more
 
Co-President Gan Ping Sieu on the Halal Certification Controversy
Friday, December 30, 2016
​The Islamic Affairs Department (Jakim) should not penalise halal-certified eateries that allow diners who bring in non-halal certified food into their premises. Rightfully, Jakim's halal certification applies only to food served in F&B outlets. There is no such thing as halal or non-halal pemises.  >> read more
 
On Abuse of SOSMA
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The Inspector General of Police must explain why Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) was used to detain Maria Chin Abdullah, when the law was originally intended to counter terrorism. As an activist, Maria did not pose the same kind threat a terrorist on a suicide mission would. We do not see any justification at all to detain her under Sosma.  >> read more
 
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