Monday, March 10, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Vacancies for the position of Programme Coordinator at International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
International Movement for a Just World (JUST) is a non-governmental organisation that has been tirelessly promoting an alternative international order which will enhance human dignity and social justice by establishing a spiritual and intellectual foundation for a just world.
We have been around since 1992. For over 20 years, we’ve published commentaries and articles on current and contemporary issues through both print and electronic media, produced and distributed books, monographs and pamphlets. We work with many prolific and respectable figures in our efforts to promote a just world. We hold talks, workshops, forums and conferences directed at specific target groups and the general public, especially focussing on youths.
And now there is a chance for you to be part of our small and enthusiastic team of dedicated staff and volunteers. JUST is looking for a suitable candidate for the position of Programme Coordinator. The Programme Coordinator is expected to:
- Report directly to the Secretary-General and President
- Be in charge of youth programmes, including:
- International conferences
- Liaise with and represent JUST to other organisations when dealing with external parties
- Assist JUST’s role at the global level
- Organise and write on current international issues
- Assist in fundraising efforts
- Represent JUST in international forums
If you have a strong command of English, are between the ages of 20-35 years, and have experience in organising events and promoting specific causes; please submit your application or enquiries to email@example.com or we can be contacted at 03 7781 2494.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Open the Gates of Ijtihad, Closed Since 1258: Egyptian Leader Calls For Reformation in Islam By Claude Salhani - New Age Islam
The head of the military government that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Morsi from power in Cairo has taken the highly unusual step of calling for the reformation of Islam.
Such actions have in the past brought down the wrath of Islamists who typically label anyone calling for reform an apostate.
First, a quick look back: On September 11, 2001, the world awoke to two terrible tragedies; the one that was seen by millions of people on live television as Muslim extremists crashed passenger planes into the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, just outside Washington, D.C. and in a field in rural Pennsylvania.
The other reality was far more complex than and not as visible as jetliners slamming into sky scrapers. That was the fact that there was something terribly wrong within the House of Islam.
If the first issue, that of terrorism, was addressed by military force, as was the U.S. reply to 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and ultimately, of Iraq, the second issue, that afflicting the followers of one of the great religions, Islam, had to be addressed from within.
This is an extremely sensitive topic. Due to the very nature of militant Muslims who have quite literally hijacked the religion to suit their political objectives, projecting an image of violence and non-tolerance of anyone not accepting their medieval views of the world. All experts who followed the debate were quite adamant in their prognostics of what was the solution to the crisis tearing Islam apart: that a solution had to come from within Islam.
In no manner could it be imported from the West. The problem was that no one leader in the Arab and/or Muslim world dared speak up, lest they be accused of apostasy. That is until now.
In an extremely rare display of courage and bravery by a leader in the Arab world General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces and current head of state, spoke out for the need of reformation in Islam. During a speech, which went unreported by the Western media, General El-Sisi delivered at the Armed Forces' Department of Moral Affairs in Cairo, the general stated: "Religious discourse is the greatest battle and challenge facing the Egyptian people, pointing to the need for a new vision and a modern, comprehensive understanding of the religion of Islam-rather than relying on a discourse that has not changed for 800 years."
Coming from the current ruler and very possibly the next president of Egypt, this statement carries great importance and must not be underestimated by any means.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
“Give a man a fish, and he has food for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he learns a skill for life.”
– Fan Li (also known as Tao Zhu Gong; 517 B.C - 428 B.C)
Back to basics: let’s agree on need-based affirmative action
No nation that has ‘the haves and the have nots’ can do without affirmative action or positive discrimination. This is because equality amongst unequal favours the strong over the weak and acts powerfully to maintain the status quo.
Preferential treatment in areas of employment, education, and business were introduced to correct imbalances taking factors such as gender, race, colour, status, religion and national origin all over the world, from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa. In Malaysia, we had our New Economic Policy – NEP.
The debate in Malaysia pitting race-based policies with a need-based alternative is myopic and more political than rational. It fails to deliberate a wider definition for what we should consider as a ‘need-based’ approach, which racial factors can be one of many.
A need-based strategy must take into account both the generic and the specific. It is not enough to say that all that are poor must be assisted as we must not only cater to issues made visible through numbers and figures but must also address underlying historical socio-economic and socio-cultural issues. We need to also cater to the specifics.
Take for example the poor Malaysian Tamils displaced from the estates – they are totally uprooted, landless, without education and useful skills, and limited by communication barriers. Trapped in the cycle of poverty, they and their children warrant specific attention and support from homes to schools to jobs. Similarly, we cannot equate the urban poor with the rural poor. They may earn the same, but their challenges are not.
NEP’s successes were due to the non-myopic need-based approach being applied. We must continue the good work. To move forward, we need to deliberate, be more detailed, and continue identifying pockets of poverty that require need-based affirmative action. But first, let us agree on what is need-based affirmative action.
At zubedy, our programs draw strength from shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, all Malaysians want good things for themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.
Let us be, first and foremost, Malaysians.
Let us add value,
Have A Meaningful Chinese New Year