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Issue 36 – Keep calm and sarong on



Apa khabar? The whole internet is buzzing about Chat GPT. As the curious souls we were, we gave it a shot…

screenshot of chatgpt

Chat GPT got no chill.

Niresh Kaur, Shambavi Shankar

What’s the tea in Malaysia?

sipping tea

In case of emergency, bring a sarong

A woman was not allowed to file a police report after a car accident because she didn’t follow the dress code. The Kajang OCPD Asst Comm, Mohd Zaid Hassan, said the woman was wearing shorts that did not cover her knees and that the dress code for government premises is pretty clear. 

Source: Tenor

If only this woman had predicted the course of events that day, she could have simply avoided this.


Who’s your daddy?

What happened?: Nurul Izzah Anwar and Iqbal Johari’s recent appointments as the PM’s Senior Economic & Finance Adviser and Special Duties Officer to the Dewan Rakyat speaker respectively sparked heavy nepotism accusations.

Source: Giphy

The conundrum: Is this nepotism or is it actually based on their outstanding qualifications? Also, where in the legal world does nepotism fit in?

An attempt to answer our own questions: In short, Nepotism means appointing someone to a position based on a relation (blood or marital) rather than on merit or ability.

In Malaysia, Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 covers abuse of power when a member of a public or government body uses his position or the office, to make a decision or action that benefits himself or a relative. Here, both parties have claimed that these positions were based on merit. The abuse of power was also trashed on the grounds that Nurul Izzah was not remunerated.

Also, take note that Article 43 of the Federal Constitution does give the PM discretion to appoint Cabinet members but not other Government roles. So, Anwar needs to do better in justifying Izzah’s appointment because all we can see is this: 


Other drama related to this: Rafizi Ramli’s views on the actions of his pack adds no actual value as he said these appointments were already made and that it should be avoided in the future and by any future government. In short, next time don’t do this. 

Source: Tenor
Fatwa, Legally Binding

Recently, a Fatwa was issued by Johor Islamic Religious Committee (MAINJ) on non-Muslim rituals. The Fatwa basically barred Muslims (in Johor) from taking part in any rituals that take place in the house of worship such as observing Thaipusam procession.

You probably know this (or not), State Fatwa Councils are allowed to make these formal rulings based on Islamic law and it is binding on all Muslims of the respective states. Hence, these laws are actually legally binding as long as they go through the purported fatwa-making process.

Source: Giphy
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