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Apa pendirian Elizabeth Wong ah Lim & rakannya Selendang Squad atas anak ‘tak sah taraf’?

Ada sesetengah kakitangan di Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) enggan mendaftar nama bapa dalam surat beranak seseorang kanak-kanak yang lahir kurang enam bulan daripada tarikh perkahwinan ibu bapa.

Mereka mempercayai bayi tersebut tidak boleh dinasabkan kepada nama bapa.

JPN ialah sebuah badan kerajaan yang berciri sivil – yakni ia dipertanggungjawabkan untuk mendaftar butir-butir kelahiran kanak-kanak Malaysia yang pelbagai keturunan dan yang dimasukkan pelbagai agama.

Setahu saya JPN bukan sebuah agensi agama Islam.

Tindakan pegawai-pegawai JPN yang terbabit dalam hal ini menimbulkan tanda tanya dan harus dipersoal sama ada ia wajar atau tidak.

Sebenarnya lebih bagus jika diterimapakai sahaja cadangan supaya — “Just treat the birth certificates as a civil document not unlike a car registration card” (rujuk bawah).

Tak payah diikut-ikutkan Ustaz Ridhuan Tee yang mahukan anak Teoh Beng Hock dihukum sebagai “anak haram” (satu tindakan Ridhuan yang dikecam oleh sayap pemuda DAP).

Dan tak payah juga kita terikut-ikut sikap self-righteous Adun Teramat Alim yang merupakan ‘sepupu sepiring secawan’ (spiritual cousin) Ridhuan.

Tugas wakil rakyat ialah sebagai penggubal undang-undang (legislator/lawmaker). Jadi saya ingin tahu juga apa respons mereka kepada peraturan tak bertulis JPN tersebut.

Misalnya apa kata Adun Bukit Lanjan Elizabeth Wong (yang dulu pernah menyuarakan):

“I have done no wrong. I wish to state that I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and as a single person. I have broken no law.”

Elizabeth Wong

Apa agaknya pula pendirian Hannah Yeoh yang pernah bertekak leher dengan JPN bersangkut dengan sijil lahir anak ‘Bangsa Malaysia’nya?

Dan apa pendirian Ahli Parlimen Teo Nie Ching?

Teo Nie Ching dengan penampilan Islamik dan Cintakan Palestin sekaligus

Wakil-wakil perempuan Pakatan harus memaklumkan kepada khalayak ramai tentang pendirian mereka atas perkara ini.

Ataupun adakah mereka sudah berjanji kepada para pemilih Melayu-Islam bahawa DAP dan PKR akan menegakkan semua fatwa-fatwa yang dikeluarkan oleh kaum ulama?

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Saya telah menerima surat di bawah melalui e-mel dari Dr Yati yang meminta supaya ia disiarkan dan disebarkan.

By Dr Yati Hewett

As some one who has been delivering babies for the past 20 years I find the comments made by several parties that arose from the Sister’s In Islam seminar titled ‘What’s In A Name’ last Saturday (Feb 25) very disturbing.

It was quoted that 85,019 Muslim babies certificates do not have their fathers’ names (NST, 28 Feb 2012). Some of  these babies, their fathers actually did the bunk.

But there are a lot of these babies or children are living with their married parents in a loving home. In their birth certificates are written ‘information not available’. This is a downright lie.

Their fathers had gone to the registration department but was not allowed to declare the births under Section 13 of Birth Registration Certificate Form JPN.LM01. Why can’t the National Registration Department write in the certificates something like ‘Items like such and such as required by Ruling so and so  as stated in Circular No. such and such not provided.’

National Registration Department (NRD) cannot do so because there is no such circular. Everything is done by word of mouth. That is why some registration offices are more harsh or lenient than others.

Ever since this ruling came about 5 years ago, several parents wanted to sue. But they cannot put their hands on it. I am really happy that the President of the Bar Council said his organisation is initiating some form of legal remedy (The Star, 28 Feb 2012).

In today’s NST, Puan Jainisah Mohammad Noor says now Muslims can declare under Section 13 [Section 13 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1957 which provided for the father’s particulars to be entered into the register of births].

This is what I mean. Everything is ad hoc. And she also said the NRD cannot do anything. Only the Home Ministry can.

But numerous letters has been written to the papers on this matter over the years. Hasn’t the Home Minister been listening? What about the slogan ‘1Malaysia’ or ‘Masyarakat Penyayang’. Or is it lip service only? These 85,019 children deserve to know the answer.

I am beginning to wonder if today’s Islam is different from Islam during the Prophet’s time. The Perlis Mufti, Dr Juanda Jaya quoted that Prophet Muhammad was lenient and gave the rights of guardianship to the man who owns up the child in one case.

At the same seminar the Syariah chief judge from Terengganu Datuk Ismail Yahya  said that the fatwa issued by the National Fatwa Council is a  muzakarrah which is not law binding. (NST, 26 Feb 2112). This ruling is unjust.

Then the question now here is: Why must the NRD or the Home Minister follow the fatwa when there are ulamas who do not agree among themselves?  Isn’t there someone at all who sees where this all will lead to?

I am also inclined to think that there are ulamas who lead their lives totally out of sync of modern society. Why the need to put bin or binti in the birth certificates? Have they been through airports where they have to fill embarkation and disembarkation forms? Don’t they know that computers cannot accept lengthy names?

Just treat the birth certificates as a civil document not unlike a car registration card. A lot of Muslim countries do not have bin or binti in their citizens names. Why do we have to be different?

When I deliver a baby, it gives me so much maternal feelings. All I care for is the baby have a mother and father to provide a lovely home. All I want is for the child to live and grow up in a healthy environment. This is a bit difficult whenever you take your child to the clinics or hospitals or schools when people start asking why the child has no father as implied in the birth certificate.

And when the chairman of Fatwa Council, Tan Sri Shukor Hassan starts talking about inheritance and marriage/akad nikah of the child being not valid, I really got blown away. (NST, 27 Feb 2012).

These people come from the low socio economic group. What is there to inherit? Why talk about marriage when you don’t know whether whether the child would grow up into an adult?

And he also said there is no shame involved. With due respect , Tan Sri should come down to earth. I also hope the Royal Council should be more selective when choosing people to sit in the Fatwa Council in future.

Finally, I would like to suggest the director-general of NRD herself and the Home Minister himself should come out and discuss these issues before the figure touches 200,000.

I am appealing to the maternal feelings of the present director-general. She inherited this ruling from the previous director- general. I believe she can make the difference.

Author:

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12 thoughts on “Apa pendirian Elizabeth Wong ah Lim & rakannya Selendang Squad atas anak ‘tak sah taraf’?

  1. Hi Helen,

    Saya simpati dengan nasib anak-anak “tak sah taraf” yang nama bapa mereka tidak dapat didaftarkan dalam surat beranak. These innocents become victims of the “sins of their fathers and mothers”. I also disagree with Redzuan Tee about Beng Hock’s chid. Bad enough that it’s done to Muslim babies, why involve the non-Muslims too? In Indonesia there is no father’s name on their passports, and why should there be?
    As a kampung man living in a village among grassroot Malays. I feel that family institution is very,very important. Persoalan tentang pembahagian harta pesaka dan pengesahan pernikahan merupakan hal yang sangat dititikberatkan. Ada keluarga yang sanggup menikahkan anak perempuan mereka 2 kali untuk mengelak malu besar bahawa anak mereka tidak sah taraf walaupun dalam surat beranak yang tertulis nama bapa. Persoalan sahnya taraf wali yang menikahkan anak perempuannya akan memberi impak yang sangat besar pada keturunan mereka. Ini hukum agama dan saya tidak fikir saya layak untuk mengupas dengan panjang lebar. Walau bagaimanapun saya berpendapat bahawa hanya mereka yang terlibat perlu tahu dan tak perlulah untuk memalukan mereka setiap kali orang lain mellihat daftar kelahiran anak mereka.
    Tetapi saya juga tidak setuju dengan pendapat doktor di atas bahawa orang Melayu semuanya miskin. Ramai kalangan kami yang tinggal di kampung punya tanah sendiri yang boleh diwariskan kepada keturunan kami. Ada yang sedikit, seekar dua, tapi ada yang banyak sampai beratus ekar tanaman sawit. Baru semalam saya di Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah melihat sendiri pertikaian harta yang antaranya melibatkan tunai jutaan ringgit. Bagaiman pula dengan ratusan ribu peserta Felda yang punya tanah 10 ekar seorang? Dalam Islam status penerima pesaka sangat dititik beratkan kerana ada garis panduan yang sangat jelas dalam Al Quran dan Hadis.

    Salaam,

    Ya Allah peliharalah kami dari segala kejahatan.
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    TQ atas komen Penyokong Ketuanan.

    Saya pun tidak layak untuk mengupas perihal yang berkaitan dengan agama Islam tetapi hanya saya khuatir tindakan kakitangan JPN yang rata-rata Melayu mempunyai impak atas warga bukan Melayu-Islam.

    Klinik bersalin Dr Yati, saya rasa, mempunyai agak ramai juga pesakit miskin. Mungkin atas sebab itulah beliau begitu prihatin isu sijil beranak.

    Salam

  2. Maybe they should change the column for “father” and “mother” on the birth certificate as “biological father” and “biological mother” instead. That would be neutral as to marriage status of the parents. If marriage status is required for any other purpose, the parents/child could tender a marriage certificate in addition to birth certificate.

  3. I am also inclined to think that there are ulamas who lead their lives totally out of sync of modern society. Why the need to put bin or binti in the birth certificates? Have they been through airports where they have to fill embarkation and disembarkation forms? Don’t they know that computers cannot accept lengthy names?
    ==> lengthy names? Walaupun tanpa “bin” atau “binti”, ramai orang Melayu menamakan anak-anak mereka dengan nama yang panjang sejak akhir-akhir ini.

  4. Helen, pls discard my 11:03 am comment which somehow jumped the gun before I pressed the button. The full comment follows.

  5. Saya fikir perkara ini banyak bergantung kapada isu undang undang. Nyata bahawa bayi yang lahir selepas pekahwinan kurang dari 6 bulan tidak, di sisi undang undang, menentukan si suami itu adalah ayahnya.

    Dari segi teknikalnya, JPN boleh di heret ke Mahkamah oleh sesiapa yang boleh membuktikan melalui DNA dll bahawa dia ayah sebenarnya, bukan si suami emak budak itu. Kita perlu ingat bahawa sudah banyak kelahiran bayi diluar nikah sejak beberapa tahun yang lalu.

    Juga dari segi undang undang, anak yang lahir di negara ini adalah warga negara Malaysia. Maka jika bapa nya pekerja asing atau pendatang tanpa izin (PATI), ada isu isu lain timbul. Kerakyatan anak itu boleh mengikut kerakyatan emaknya. Tetapi jika setiap anak yang lahir begitu tidak di tandakan di dalam rekod, semua anak anak itu akan menjadi rakyat Malaysia, pada hal ramai yang status kahwinnya pun di ragukan. Dengan di catit nama ayahnya sebagai “information not available”, maka pengeluaran K/P, taraf kerakyatannya masih di perso’alkan. Kita pun tidak mahu ramai anak anak PATI menjadi rakyat melalui cara ini.

    Pekerja asing yang bertauliah, yakni ada permit kerja, tidak di benarkan berkahwin di sini. Tetapi penipuan berlaku, suami isteri datang berkerja di sama tempat atau pekerja pekerja itu kahwin diam diam, dengan niat tak akan beranak, tapi accident berlaku.

    Maka mereka yang benar benar rakyat Malaysia dan benar benar ayah kapada si anak yang berkenaan boleh mengeluarkan bukti yang kukuh, seperti ujian DNA, dan usahakan pembetulan rekod di sijil kelahiran si anak itu.

    1. Anak yang lahir “cukup bulan” dalam perkahwinan sah pun tidak garenti semestinya benih si suami. Ruj. kes Daphne Iking.

      Saya lebih cenderong kepada catatan butir ‘Nama Bapa’ dalam ertikata (pemahaman) ‘biological father’. Jangan lari dari mengiktiraf darah daging seseorang kanak-kanak itu.

      Bersabit anak luar nikah di mana bapanya ialah PATI — I tend to believe you’re largely correct in this assumption — ikutlah undang-undang imigresen sedia ada yang mana berkaitan.

      I admit that I do not know the law on this particular detail but I shouldn’t think that just because a foreigner is registered as father to a child born to a Malaysian woman that he would be entitled to citizenship.

      Anon kata “Kerakyatan anak itu boleh mengikut kerakyatan emaknya”. Saya rasa okaylah tu. Secara pragmatik, kalau si ibu seorang warga maka haruslah anak seorang warga juga, sebab emak yang jaga dan besarkan.

      Salam & terima kasih atas penjelasan dan maklum balas Anon.

      1. You are right Helen, just because a foreigner is registered as father to a child born to a Malaysian woman, he (the foreigner) would not be entitled to citizenship.

        Not even the child, unless there is proof of marriage – marriage certificate. Provided of course the mother is a citizen.

        The father can apply for citizenship only if he is given permanent stay in this country of not less than 10 years. He is then “eligible”, though not guaranteed of citizenship. That’s why the Government does not allow foreign workers to work here for more than 7-8 years (damn it, I had to lose my good workers). They don’t even want them to be “eligible”, let alone be given citizenship. At one time permanent stay was so difficult to get even for the spouses of those who work here on government contracts – I knew one friend who complained – until instruction was given that if we want the services of the experts here, the terms should be attractive.

        And I feel sore about the so-called Project ICs alleged by the Opposition politicians in Sabah. No such thing as giving ICs. There was the case of a nasty syndicate selling fake ICS in Sabah but it was busted and the gang leaders were even ISA-ed.
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        You do lend the most illuminating insights. Definitely widening our perspectives here. Cheers.– Helen

      2. walaupun ibu yg mengandung, melahirkan, mendidik, menjaga tetapi dalam hukum syarak mazhab syafie menasabkan anak melalui bapa. dlm kes bapa pati, ibu warganegara, anak tak akan dapat warganegara. Berlainan pula bapa warganegara, ibu pati, anak akan dapat warganegara.

  6. I guess neither Ustazah Hajjah Hasnah Bte Yeop nor Khalifah Umar will venture to share their wisdom on this issue. These are exactly the issues that PR leaders tend to avoid like plague. You might have noticed that PR never make a common stance on any issues of importance except when attacking BN.

    Whether it is PPMSI, hudud, Isreal, etc they always agree to disagree. They tend to forget that PR is a coalition of parties that wanting to govern Malaysia and not a bunch of strangers chatting in a kopitiam about football.

    That’s why we have a capitalist state in Penang, Taliban states in Kedah and Kelantan while in Selangor is on autopilot without any direction.
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    Thanks Calvin. We’re on the same page.

    It’s exactly on this type of issues that the (not PAS) Pakatan pollies like Ustazah & Khalifah will betray the non Malay-Muslim voters. Note that Twitter Queen did not make a single squeak on the Perkasa angpow flare-up b’cos her Twitter fans are a lot of them Malay. — Helen

  7. I, on the other hand, find it disturbing that Dr Yati Hewett calls the writing of the father in birth certificates as “information not available” as “a downright lie.”

    I understand that as one who delivers thousands of babies, she wants to see families develop along healthy lines medically and physically, but she needs to appreciate the legal and moral aspects as well.

    As a doctor herself, she should know that fatherhood can be disputed of babies born less than 9 (is it 6?) months after marriage. Indeed, babies born of marriages well after 9 months of marriage can still be disputed these days – or even since the “Make Love, Not War” and the “Free Love” days of the 1960s in the West – but when born less than 6 months after marriage, or where no marriage certificates are produced, or when the “husbands” do not turn up for the registration of the child’s birth, what “available information” can you honestly write as the father of the baby?

    I strongly object to the denigrating of the sanctity of birth certificates.
    There is no utopia or universality of mankind any where in the world. Mankind since time immemorial have been killing one another to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their countries. We must continue to do so now and fight to protect the inviolability of Malaysian citizenship. Citizenship is one that must be well protected, respected and highly respected. Birth certificates are proof of citizenship and no one should make light of that very important document.

    1. I agree with Anon.

      I think as a medical doctor Yati Hewett should stick to science.

      From a scientific point of view, the genetic make-up of the child is important for future medical reference. It is important to know who are the biological parents of a child. This information may be used in treatments of genetic diseases that may affect the child in the future.

      Having said that, in the modern age, it is even possible to have IN VITRO fertilisation . Theoretically, a fertilised egg of a couple can be implanted into a surrogate mother who has NO RELATIONSHIP with the couple. If the surrogate mother carries the pregnancy to term and denies the couple their child, who then should be considered as the true parents?

      Such issues related to civil registration of babies and aren’t for medical doctors to ponder. This is for legal experts and society as a whole to debate . Of course in Malaysian society, the religious and political

      I think Yati Hewitt has been spearheading this issue for quite some time. I have seen online a similar letter written by her.

      http://malaysiakini.com/letters/82418

      From my POV, Yati Hewett is trying to promote a liberal agenda, while trying to mask it as a medical issue in need of attention.

    2. I wanted to correct myself. Yati Hewett has offered her opinion and has not put medical arguments to support them. However, she uses her position as a medical doctor to lend credence to her personal (liberal leaning) opinion.

      I don’t agree with that.

      Yati’s example is just as bad as the example involving Ahmad Bongsu Hamid Tuah. Ahmad Bongsu was used by DAP to act as an ‘expert’ to criticise Lynas. To give credibility to his opinion, it was publicized that he spent a stint at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ahmad Bongsu claimed that the risks posed by Lynas is so high they won’t be acceptable in Europe and US. He gave no evidence to support that claim. Also,t is doubtful he has detailed knowledge of that project.

      I think PAS Hulu Langat MP Che Rosli Che Mat, who is a nuclear scientist by training, has a better grasp of the technical issues. And, he was willing to cross political lines just to offer his professional opinion. Personally,I think he is unbiased.

      In summary, I object when people use their academic or professional background to support a political agenda.

      Mrs Hewett is a prime example of the manipulation of public opinion.

      I would however welcome Mrs Hewett to submit facts and figures. Perhaps she can show research that indicates this registration practice is deleterious to society at large? Maybe she can point out research papers to support her opinion??
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      I don’t think Dr Yati has any political agenda. She’s just speaking from the experience of her medical practice (i.e. patients affected). — Helen

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