Girls in multiple schools in Malaysia have to undergo “period spot checks” where they are told to physically prove they are on their period through means which violate privacy, according to current students and those who left school up to 20 years ago.
Over a dozen individuals reached out to Malaysiakini in less than 24 hours after a call for stories was made. They recalled how the behaviour towards menstruation at boarding schools was “shameful” but was accepted as “normal practice”.
Many of the girls were from boarding schools but this was also said to be a practice at day schools and Islamic private schools, Malaysiakini was told. They narrated how their years of growing up from young girls to teenagers, marked by the start of menstruation, became a source of trauma and shame that still haunts them to this day.
Raba bontot, unhook bras, raba private parts
stories from the sekolah asrama penuh.
A key trigger was the practice of teachers or seniors demanding “proof of menstruation” from girls who did not join daily congregational prayers which are commonly held in residential or religious-based schools. In Islam, women or girls who are menstruating do not perform ritual prayers.
We thank Allah swt that this is not a Malaysian problem. This is another uniquely Malay problem. Meaning it can be easier contained and solved. We never hear any such things happening in Chinese schools, Tamil schools or to boys and girls of other races. (With the exception of another religion based school - a non-Islamic religion where young boys have been abused, covered up and not reported.)
But back to the issue - this is indeed yet another problem in this country that is unique to the Malays - and once again because of religious enforcement by "village mentality" ustazahs who are given positions in the many sekolah asrama that we have in the country. Here are more comments from victims of sexual offences by the religious teachers and they must be prosecuted under the sexual offences act.
Well Malays are human beings too and it is time that we all raised the alarm and put a stop to these sexual crimes that are being carried out by the ustazahs on unsuspecting Malay girls in the sekolah asrama system and maybe in other schools as well.
These are sexual crimes. Make no mistake. The victims must go and make police reports,it is not enough to make one or two police reports. These sexual crimes against our young girls in the name of agama has to be stopped now. - Syed Akbar Ali
"There is no compulsion in..". Pretty much same as Apandi holding the flow chart and arguing Najib isn't guilty.Its amazing how they perfected this art of self delusion... - Bibut
Atok punya game strategi...
"Berita itu terbocor dan kami cemas," kata Liew. Selepas itu, kata Liew, pemimpin-pemimpin PH berjumpa Mahathir di pejabatnya. Tambah anggota Dewan Negara itu lagi, dia kemudian mendapatkan maklumat mengenai apa yang berlaku daripada menteri kewangan ketika itu, Lim Guan Eng.
"Saya tinggalkan bangunan (pejabat perdana menteri) ketika pemimpin-pemimpin (PH) masuk ke bilik perdana menteri, (saya) dapat tahu daripada Guan Eng ketika kami berjumpa dengan Kit Siang kemudiannya, bahawa Mahathir mahu menyingkirkan Yeo kerana ketegasannya berhubung isu Lynas dan isu-isu lain berkaitan alam sekitar.
"Pemimpin-pemimpin (PH) berjaya memujuk Mahathir daripada meneruskan rancangannya itu. Yeo kekal (sebagai menteri)," katanya. Liew juga tidak menjelaskan secara khusus apa yang membuat Mahathir kecewa dengan tindakan Yeo. - mk
Yes, it is true that Dr M
wanted to sack Yeo Bee Yin...
Malaysiakini today focussed on Liew Chin Tong’s book which revealed that in 2019, then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanted to sack Yeo Bee Yin as energy, science, technology, environment and climate change minister over the Lynas issue although eventually, this did not take place.
I was never involved in this but I learnt about it. This incident indicates the complexities of the Pakatan Harapan government under Mahathir. I have said that Harapan has to learn the lessons of their 22-month governance and its toppling by the Sheraton Move conspiracy which ushered in a backdoor, undemocratic, illegitimate and kakistocracy government.
One of these lessons is to be serious about our election pledges. We have a 'Buku Harapan' which contained Harapan’s election promises in the 14th general election. Early on in the Harapan government, it was the prime minister, Mahathir, who said the manifesto was not a bible. As a result, even if 80 or 90 percent of the election pledges had been implemented in the five-year mandate, the damage had been done.
It was worse when the five-year mandate of the Harapan government was cut short after 22 months by the Sheraton Move conspiracy. The Harapan Government was not a DAP government but comprised four political parties – DAP, PKR, Amanah and Bersatu.
As Chin Tong recounted in his book, I met Mahathir as prime minister twice in his office where I discussed the importance of restoring public confidence and having a coherent explanation about Harapan’s manifesto and policies.
After our second meeting, Harapan formed a manifesto review committee with Chin Tong as chairperson to address the public perception about undelivered election promises. But the Harapan government was toppled by the Sheraton Move conspiracy before its manifesto review committee could finalise its report.
This is why I cannot understand those who refuse to listen to explanations of why a particular election pledge had not been fulfilled, for instance, the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) recognition issue.
The 'Buku Harapan' promise on the UEC in the 14th general election said: “Pakatan Harapan will undertake to recognise UEC certificates to enter public institutions of higher learning (IPTA) provided that applicants have a credit in Bahasa Malaysia at the SPM level. For this purpose, the UEC certificate will be assessed to be equivalent to the existing general qualification for entry into IPTA.”
At the DAP retreat in 2019, Mahathir said the Harapan government was committed to the pledge to recognise the UEC certificate to enter public institutions of learning after an assessment. Anwar Ibrahim also made a similar commitment.
But the toppling of the Harapan government after 22 months by the Sheraton Move conspiracy made it impossible to fulfil the election manifesto which was to be fulfilled within the five-year term. But there were critics who refuse to listen to explanations, shutting their eyes and closing their ears. There are advocates who want DAP to return to the past and be an opposition.
I have been in the federal opposition for 52 years and I have no fears about being in the opposition again. But we must aim to return to form a government for it is when in power that things can get done.
One, however, must be realistic in that we must work with like-minded political leaders from other political parties who believe in the 'Malaysian Dream' for Malaysia to be a world-class great nation as the DAP cannot on its own form a federal government in Malaysia.
However, DAP leaders must not be corrupted by power, whether in government or in the opposition, and throughout the 55 years of DAP history, the DAP leadership has not compromised on this important principle. - Lim Kit Siang,mk