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Monday, 27 March 2017 15:55

Trainee Teachers Coordination Committee

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Advisor Chan Cheng Hoong
Cheong Hua An
Chairperson Ooi Shu Ling
Vice Chairperson Jong Yik Ming
Keng Zhin May
Secretary Tan Yong Jie
Asst. Secretary Tan Lay Ni
Treasurer Tan Yee Lynn
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Members See Chi Yang
Ham Wen Xuan
Lew Woon Xiang
Tin Mei Yin
Ooi Der Chiau
Chin Jia Yi
Pua Shwu Tyng
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YBAM opposes the Private Member's Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act, 1965 

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) supports The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Taoism in calling for the rejection of the amendment of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355). As such the YBAM, as a national organisation representing 270 Buddhist groups throughout the country, gives its full support to all MPs and State Assemblymen who are opposing the amendment of Act 355. By rejecting this amendment, we will prevent the emergence of two different criminal jurisdiction systems in the country, thereby safeguarding our Federal Constitution.  

The amendment to Act 355 will greatly increase the upper limit of the criminal jurisdiction of the Syariah Courts. This will result in the country having different legal systems that will provide heavier sentencing for misdemeanor, and cause Muslims and non-Muslims who face similar charges to receive different or unequal punishments.  

YBAM also call on the Malaysian Buddhist community and the general public to speak up and oppose the implementation of any legislation pertaining to Syariah Criminal Law.  

If the bill to amend Act 355 is passed, a portion of the Syariah criminal law advocated by Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) will be implemented immediately. This in essence will mark the beginning of a gradual process towards theocratic rule in Malaysia. If this amendment is passed, our country’s present legal system will disintegrate and our secular system will be destroyed. 

Friday, 24 February 2017 11:37

YBAM Urges a Peaceful Resolution

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YBAM Urges a Peaceful Resolution  

The Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) would like to express its deep concern over the recent investigation of the Dhammakaya Temple by the Thai Department of Special Investigation, and hopes that the Thai Government will handle the situation carefully based on the respect for religious freedom. 

The Prime Minister of Thailand has invoked powers available to him under Article 44 of the interim constitution to declare the temple and its surroundings to be under Government control temporarily. This led law enforcement officers to enter and search the temple on 16 February 2017. However, followers at the temple blocked the search, and called on the Government to lift the siege of the temple and suspend emergency law. A tense situation has arisen between the Government and followers of the temple.  

YBAM believes that the Thai government and devotees of Dhammakaya Temple should deal with the situation in a most amicable way in order to avoid the use of force that may lead to violence and injury. This is to avoid giving the public an impression of religious persecution by the Thai authorities.  

YBAM believes that the Thai government and the monks and civilians of Dhammakaya Temple will have the wisdom and compassion to ensure a peaceful resolution of the situation. We also hope that the situation will be resolved soon in order to avoid any negative publicity for Buddhism in Thailand, or Buddhism generally in the world.