Nota dari sesi plenari FF

Oleh Alicia Izharuddin.

Pada pagi 26 haribulan November jam 8.30 pagi, Fiesta Feminista membuka tirai kepada sesi-sesi dan bengkel dengan sebuah sesi plenari yang dimulakan oleh Janatharni Arumugam, selaku wakil jawatankuasa penganjur FF. Ucapan beliau mengetengahkan persoalan mengapa acara Fiesta Feminista harus diadakan dengan menerangkan konteks sosial Malaysia yang kini berada di anjung perubahan besar dari segi politik.

Tetapi berubahan besar tersebut dikekangi dengan pelbagi musibah seperti urus-tadbir yang tidak beretika dan penindasan terhadap wanita yang berlaku saban hari. Mengikut Janatharni, Fiesta Feminista adalah satu lagi acara dan sebuah ‘proses’ yang mendesak untuk perubahan yang lebih mendalam lagi di Malaysia dengan meningkatkan penyertaan wanita dalam politik dan urus-adbir, dan memberikan suara kepada golongan yang jarang diberikan peluang bersuara.

Claudia Lasimbang daripada PACOS Trust kemudian membincangkan masalah yang kini dihadapi oleh wanita dari golongan orang asal di Sabah. Pembangunan dan urbanisasi telah mendatangkan banyak kesan negatif kepada cara hidup tradisional wanita orang asal. Misalnya, penukaran hutan kepada pertanian yang tetap menyebabkan penghilangan mata pencarian tradisional wanita. Peluang bekerja wanita orang asal lebih merosot lagi dengan skim pemindahan dan penempatan semula komuniti orang asal disebabkan pembinaan empangan besar di kawasan tempat tinggal mereka.

Antara cabaran-cabaran lain yang dihadapi oleh wanita orang asal termasuklah beban dan tanggungjawab rumahtangga yang meningkat disebabkan kemiskinan, perubahan fizikal dan sosial yang menjejaskan amalan tradisi, dan kuasa politik yang kian mendalam dan menyukarkan wanita daripada mengambil bahagian dan keputusan dalam arena politik.

Pembentangan daripada Winnie Yee, president SAWO, pula menegaskan kepentingan kempen menghapuskan keganasan terhadap wanita di Sabah. Winnie menghuraikan penglibatannya dalam kempen tersebut dengan menceritakan kisah ibunya sendiri yang membanyak memberikan ilham kepada beliau untuk mendirikan SAWO dan berjuang untuk hak-hak wanita Sabah.

Akhir sekali, Smita Elena Sharma dan Shika membincangkan cabaran yang dilalui oleh komuniti Mak Nyah di Malaysia. Pada pendapat mereka, adalah penting sekali bagi gerakan wanita di Malaysia untuk menerima penyertaan wanita-wanita Mak Nyah dalam perjuangan bersama. Masalah transfobia di Malaysia sangat serius dan boleh menjadi satu halangan kepada semangat solidariti gerakan wanita.

Sidang plenari diakhiri dengan sesi soal jawab dengan soalan-soalan tentang bagaimana untuk membuka minda dan menerima seorang ahli keluarga yang kemungkinan besar adalah transgender, mengapa pekerja seks di Malaysia jarang diambil kira dalam perjuangan hak-hak wanita, dan isu kewarganegaraan suku Bajau Laut.

Sukaneka hari Sabtu lepas memang best! Tiga pasukan bertanding dalam tiga acara berlainan dan dihakimi berdasarkan bagaimana peserta-peserta bekerjasama antara satu sama lain serta kemeriahan dan keceriaan setiap pasukan. Setiap pasukan memenangi hadiah untuk ciri-ciri yang berlainan: pasukan pertama paling cekap dan bertanggungjawab, pasukan kedua pula paling inklusif dan beramah mesra, manakala pasukan ketiga paling baik dalam mengikuti peraturan. Tahniah kepada semua yang menyertai acara sukaneka FF dan terima kasih kepada sukarelawan yang menganjurkannya (beng hui, Kathy, Mas, Sue Chong, Tze Yeng)!

FF Opening Ceremony: “Time for Change”

Photos by Gordon John Thomas. 25 Nov 2011.

FF 2011 Opening Ceremony: “Time for Change”

Tonight’s opening was two hours of fun and skits and dancing. About 120 persons were in attendance, representing 33 different organisations and communities from across Malaysia. Spirits were high, and remained high throughout. One of the emcees for the evening, Freddy, noted in a poem, “Tinggi, tinggi Gunung Kinabalu/Tinggi lagi harapan kami.”

The programme kicked off with a skit from the organisers of Fiesta Feminista, i.e., the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality. “Time for Change” featured an all-too glib MP making (false) promises to nab re-election. Towards the end of one such stump speech, a member of the audience (actually, a representative of one of the six JAG organisations) stood up and announced, with a signboard and a loud voice, that only 10% of all parliamentarians were women. She was quickly followed by a second person who noted that rapes happen every 15 minutes. Nine statements in all were made. Each of the nine persons involved then headed to the stage and proceeded to chase the politician off. Another FF volunteer came on stage and presented a manifesto of sorts for Fiesta Feminista. The English version reads like this (note that the statement was presented in Bahasa Malaysia):

We are Fiesta Feminista. We are a group of feminists who come from various backgrounds but who share a common belief about fighting for justice and equality – gender equality – to create a truly democratic and free Malaysia.

But the struggle for freedom, dignity, and equality is too large for us to take on alone. We need the support of a critical mass of fellow activists. We need a movement. At Fiesta Feminista, we are working to build this movement.

We work to build it by involving new advocates, by adding the voices that are missing or silent in the movement. We work to build it by activating new spaces for dialogue and activism. We work also to build it by challenging the assumptions that we may hold and replacing these with knowledge and self-awareness.

At FF, we try to think in terms of principles even as we act in concrete, local terms. That means we consider how the world works and how it should. We recognise that our actions have an impact on others, and we want that impact to be positive and meaningful, never to reinforce the very system we seek to demolish.

We are against violence and discrimination and seek to address it at all levels: personal, professional, as a community, as a polity. We recognise that the discriminations we face are not the same. We shoulder different burdens, some lighter and others more crushing.

We stand for justice and equality for all persons. We insist on being inclusive and egalitarian. We recognise and work to challenge the various global forces that inscribe and perpetuate inequalities and sow discord among people.

We strive to sustain our world, recognising that it is the most marginal and vulnerable of communities, and it is the women in these communities, that will face the worst consequences of our gross environmental irresponsibility.

We are Fiesta Feminista. This is a statement of our principles. Support our struggle. Join our movement. Together let’s build our world anew.

Hidup gerakan wanita! Hidup rakyat!

Here’s a brief clip from the reading of our statement at the end of the skit. More about the Opening to come tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Persediaan ke Kota Kinabalu!

Sebagai persediaan ke KK untuk Fiesta Feminista, sukarelawan di Semenanjung menganjurkan sebuah sesi mengenai isu Orang Asal yang diberi oleh Lin Idrus, seorang penyelidik  orang asli dan Su Mei Toh, seorang penyelidik bebas yang sedang menjalankan suatu kajian mengenai tanah adat Orang Asal di Sabah bagi pihak SUHAKAM. Sesi tersebut dihadiri oleh 14 sukarelawan. Laporan ini ditulis oleh Farlina Said

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 “Terdapat pelbagai persamaan di antara isu-isu hak wanita dan hak Orang Asal dan Orang Asli,” kata Lin Idrus, seorang penyelidik isu-isu masyarakat Orang Asli di Institusi Pengajian Asia Tenggara (Institute of South East Asian Studies), pada Khamis 3 November 2011 lalu di pejabat Sisters in Islam (SIS).

“Antaranya ialah masalah yang dihadapi oleh orang ini sering dipinggir dari tatapan utama. Contohnya, jika suatu persidangan hak masyarakat orang asal diadakan, isu-isu hak wanita semestinya diadakan pada hari terakhir, sebagai panel terakhir,” kata Lin, sambil tersenyum sindir.

“Gelaran bumiputera untuk menentukan hak asasi kaum Orang Asli dan Orang Asal di Malaysia tidak tepat,” kata Lin. “Perkataan ‘bumiputera’ merangkumi Orang Asal, Orang Asli dan masyarakat Melayu Malaysia. Namun, terdapat masalah yang dihadapi oleh Orang Asli dan Orang Asal yang tidak dialami oleh masyarakat Melayu.”

Pembangunan

Tanah itu kehidupan, kata Su Mei, adalah pepatah yang sering disebut oleh masyarakat Orang Asal.

Walaupun sering dikatakan sebagai anti-pembangunan, komuniti Orang Asli dan Orang Asal mahu pembangunan yang sesuai untuk mereka. Komuniti-komunit Orang Asal dan Orang Asli menggalakkan projek alternatif yang tidak mencemarkan alam seperti projek mikro-hidro yang menjana tenaga elektrik dari sungai seperti yang dijalankan di negeri Selangor.

Oleh kerana proses perancangan pembangunan Malaysia berbentuk atas-ke-bawah, keperluan orang asal sering tidak dipertikaikan malah terdapat kaum Orang Asal yang menjalankan kehidupan tanpa aliran elektrik dan bantuan air yang dirawat, kata Su Mei.

Pergelutan untuk Hak Asasi

Masalah hak milik tanah yang sedang diperjuangkan oleh komuniti Orang Asal dan Orang Asli bermula semenjak zaman penjajahan British pada abad ke-16 dahulu, kata Su Mei.   

“Masalahnya, tanah pembangunan yang diberi kepada pemegang pajak kadangkala diambil dari hutan simpanan yang diperuntukkan untuk Orang Asli,” kata Lin.

“Apabila mereka [Jabatan Perhutanan] melakukan tinjauan untuk menentukan kawasan hutan simpanan, mereka tidak memantau secara fizikal ke kawasan tersebut. Malah, mereka menggunakan peta kawasan Sabah dari zaman 70-an,” kata Su Mei.

 “Orang Asal ini adalah anak watan sejati Malaysia. Tanah Malaysia didiami oleh kaum Orang Asal sebelum kedatangan British, malah kemungkinan juga sebelum tanah ini dibangunkan oleh imigrasi [dari Jawa],” kata Su Mei. 


Aktivisme Orang Asal

Semakin ramai Orang Asal bangkit untuk mempertahankan hak mereka. Pemimpin akar umbi mengembleng masyarakat Orang Asal supaya suara mereka tidak lenyap dalam arena politik dan pembangunan.

“Mereka ingin tahu cara-cara untuk membela tanah mereka kerana mereka tahu jika mereka tertewas, pembangunan akan mengubah lanskap suatu hutan belantara,” kata Su Mei

Mereka hanya mahu memelihara gaya hidup mereka, kata Su Mei.  

Bagaimana tingkah laku ketika di kampung?

Sebagai persediaan untuk bergaul dengan peserta yang bersasal dari pedalaman, sukarelawan FF bertanya Lin dan Su Mei beberapa soalan mengenai apakah tingkah laku yang sesuai apabila berada di Sabah.

Antara tips yang diberi adalah berpakaian sopan, jelaskan kehendak makanan dan minuman (tak minum arak/tak makan daging) dan membawa gambar keluarga atau gambar rumah sendiri untuk bertukar cerita. Lin dan Su Mei juga memberi peringatan untuk membawa ubat nyamuk dan ubat serangga!

Fiesta Feminista, sebagai satu sambutan keramaian, tentunya akan dialu-alukan oleh masyarakat Orang Asal Sabah, kata Su Mei.

 

Farlina Said ialah sukarelawan di AWAM. 

Seksualiti Merdeka 2011: Queer Without Fear

9-13 November 2011 

The Annexe Gallery, KL

Malaysians have been fearless these past few years. We have demanded for fair elections, for justice, for democracy. Let us then remember that democracy does not only belong to the majority, or the powerful, or the loudest. Democracy belongs to all. Let’s demand for equal rights and human dignity not just for ourselves, but also for those who are different, whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, transgender, asexual, unsure or simply fabulous. Let’s be queer without fear.

Seksualiti Merdeka, meaning Sexuality Independence, is Malaysia’s only festival celebrating the human rights of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. It is organised by a loose coalition of NGOs, artists, activists and individuals and has been held annually since 2008. The festival programme includes forums, talks, workshops, book launches, art exhibition and performances.

This year, our theme – Queer Without Fear –highlights how homophobia and transphobia have negatively affected and continues to affect the lives of untold numbers of Malaysians who are discriminated against and persecuted because of their sexual orientations and gender identities. It is our firm belief that all Malaysians have the right to live and love without fear.

SM2011 SCHEDULE

Wed 9 Nov, 8pm SEKSUALITI MERDEKA 2011 LAUNCH
Wed 9 to Sun 13 Nov THE FRIENDLY POSTER SHOW
Thu 10 Nov, 8pm CONFESSIONS CABARET
Fri 11, Sat 12, Sun 13 Nov 2011, 8pm RAINBOW MASSACRE – Love Out Loud!
Sat 12 Nov, 2pm POLICING SEXUALITY: Sex, Society & the State
Sat 12 Nov, 4pm THE TRANSSEXUAL VS THE MINISTRY OF POPULATION CONTROL
Sun 13 Nov, 12pm DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK HEARTS: Homophobia 101
Sun 13 Nov, 2pm UNDER A RAINBOW ROOF: The Siti & Pepper Show
Sun 13 Nov, 4pm FIERCE & FABULOUS: Shelah’s Finishing School for Drag Queens


The full programme is available here.

Website: www.seksualitimerdeka.org

Email: seksualiti.merdeka@gmail.com


The Annexe Gallery 2nd Flr, Central Market Annexe (Behind Central Market), Jln Hang Kasturi, KL. www.annexegallery.com

The Freedom Film Fest

You are invited to FREEDOMFILMFEST2011! 

20 human rights films over 2 days 

Participate in engaging discussions about human rights with film makers and credible resource persons 

Support worthy causes and forge new linkages with like minded people

1 & 2 October, 2011

Auditorium Wisma Bentley, Mutiara Damansara (next to IKEA)
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Arts For Grabs — Sept 17-18

Arts for Grabs is on this weekend, and FF will be hanging out at the loft and providing games and f&b there. Come meet (some of) the team. Also, stay for the programme, details below (copied from the Annexe site).

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ART FOR GRABS - MALAYSIA DAY 

Date: 17.09.2011 - 18.09.2011
Time: 12.00 PM - 08.00 PM

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ART FOR GRABS - MALAYSIA DAY

Sat 17 & Sun 18 Sep, 2011

The Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Come celebrate Malaysia Day with graffiti artists, patriotic singers, Bersih poets, Buddhist princess, Christian gays and other fabulous Malaysians who throw flowers instead of tear gas.

The Annexe Gallery brings you our popular art bazaar Art For Grabs, where all arts, crafts, accessories, books, songs, mischiefs, are under RM100 each! Among our 50 booth operators are Amir Muhammad, Carolyn Joan Lau, Chi Too, Chow Kit Kita, Gerai Orang Asli, Jerome Kugan, Michelle Fruit Jam, MyConstitution, Poodien, with events by A Samad Said, Azmi Sharom, Azmyl Yunor, Bernice Chauly, Farish Noor and many more. Also, Fiesta Feminista is taking over our loft cafe!

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SCHEDULE

SAT 17 SEP 2011

Sat 12pm
Pelancaran buku Merpati Jingga
HITAMPUTIH OLEH TAJ
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HitamputiH himpunan catatan, pesanan dan olahan rasa yang diluahkan dalam sukatan yang sederhana. Kehidupan di dunia ini telah jelas hitam dan putihnya, hanya kita yang degil dengan tuntunan nafsu sehingga tercipta sebuah ruang kelabu yang baru dan sentiasa berubah-ubah. Nota-nota ini juga merupakan sebuah penerokaan ruang kelabu dalam diri sendiri. Turut menampilkan persembahan Al-Mawlid (Innuendo + VE + Ruffedge), Seni Suri Jawi, Nam Ron & Auf Razak

Sat 1pm
Pelancaran Buku Fixi & Siluet
JERAT | NGERI | NURUL ASYIKIN
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Pelancaran tiga buku serentak. Dua novel ganaz FIXI hasil penulis wanita: Jerat (Dayang Noor) thriller penuh debar yang berlatarkan dunia IT dan penyalahgunaan kuasa, dan Ngeri (Gina Yap Lai Yoong) ialah misteri berjiwa muda tentang pembunuhan bersiri di kampus universiti. Manakala Aloy Paradoks muncul dengan novel Nurul Asyikin (Siluet), tentang seorang manusia yang kental jiwanya tapi lemah dalam menghadapi sesuatu yang comel: terpedaya dengan indahnya pelangi, dengan cantik rama-rama itu.

2pm
Farish Noor Lecture
COLONIAL HYGIENE & SOCIAL CONTROL:
A history of ‘cleanliness’ from colonial era to Bersih 2.0
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During the colonial period new laws and ordinances related to public health and hygiene were introduced on the basis that the colonised natives were a ‘dirty lot’. Up the postcolonial period the obsession with cleanliness also had a political dimension to it, and manifested itself in numerous campaigns to ‘clean’ the nation of enemies, insurgents and even terrorists. This lecture will look at the history of the concept of Cleanliness in Malaysia, culminating with the recent Bersih 2.0 campaign; and ask the question: are we really so dirty? Or does our obsession with cleanliness have a deeper, political meaning to it? Note: Bring your own soap to the talk.

4pm
Film Screening
BANKSY’S EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
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Banksy is a legend in the world of graffiti art (he drew the flower thrower), but nobody knows who he is. So how was it possible an unknown French man obsessed with documenting famous graffiti artists managed to get Banksy to agree to be filmed, and even more incredible, managed to get Banksy to film him as he becomes an artist himself? This is either the most fascinating documentary about street artists screwing the system, or a clever mockumentary screwing the audience. Come talk with Fahmi Reza and other Malaysian graffiti artists after the film.

6pm
Konsert oleh YB Azmyl Yunor & Kroni-Kroni
PATRIOTIKA
Lagu-Lagu Dari Seniman-Seniman Tempatan Untuk Tatapan Sayu Mendung Petang Kat Pondok Beratap Sambil DiTemani Kretek Terakhir Untuk Selamanya.
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YB Azmyl Yunor, who won the Annexe By-Elections in June in dramatic cliffhanger that had the press going completely sideways, earned a party slot for this Art For Grabs for his worthy victory, sponsored by Annexe Gallery of course. He brings to the public’s attention some of Malaysia’s most exotic new patriotic songs that you wouldn’t have heard of unless you’re hip and voted for him. Also performing: Cicak Kobain, Nama Saya Aizat Salahuddin, Ray Cheong, Self-Conscious Acronymed Man, Shh…Diam!

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SUN 18 SEP 2011

12pm
Book launch
A SAMAD SAID & PUISI JADI SENJATA
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Puisi Jadi Senjata (PJS) adalah buku himpunan puisi anak muda sebagai tanda menyokong kebebasan Pak Samad menyatakan pendirian dan Himpunan Bersih. Buku ini diusahakan ketika ambang Bersih iaitu seminggu sebelum Bersih. Cetakan pertama 100 naskah berjaya diedarkan kepada demonstran pada hari Himpunan Bersih 9 julai.

2pm
Book launch by ZI Publications
SUFLAN SHAMSUDDIN & AZMI SHAROM
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Dua buah buku hasil karya dua pengarang luar biasa (klu: seorang pakar peguam bertaraf dunia dan seorang lagi profesor undang-undang berambut panjang yang suka berkasut kung-fu). RESET: MENIMBANG KEMBALI PARADIGMA POLITIK MALAYSIA, karya Suflan Shamsuddin, meneliti asas-asas sosio politik dan mengemukakan analisis jelas tentang punca-punca krisis politik semasa dan mencadangkan jalan keluar daripada kemelut yang melibatkan semua rakyat Malaysia. CATATAN PENGINGAT BUAT KAWAN DAN LAWAN, karya Azmi Sharom, memperingatkan kita semula tentang prinsip-prinsip kehidupan bernegara dan menjelaskan persoalan perundangan, demokrasi, politik dan banyak lagi dengan gaya mudah dan lucu.

3pm
Film screening by Kechara
DHARMA PRINCESS DIARIES
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JAMIE KHOO, otherwise known as the Dharma Princess, is a student of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and devoted member of the Kechara Buddhist organisation. Though she works hard as a senior editor in Kechara Media & Publications, and is one of Rinpoche’s Liaisons, she shows us that we don’t have to give up the finer, fun things in life to be spiritual. On top of all her editing work, Jamie has also published her first book, Call Me Paris, and maintains a personal blog at jamiekhoo.typepad.com. She has a great passion for writing, literature, Buddha, ancient prayers, working with Rinpoche, travel, fast cars, good looking men, retreats, chocolate, the Sangha and pink, sparkly things.

4pm
Reading by Matahari Books
BERNICE CHAULY’S GROWING UP WITH GHOSTS
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Multi-hyphenated Bernice Chauly reads from her memoir Growing up with Ghosts. She traces a hundred years of her family history to Fatshan, China and Verka, India to recount and relive her ancestors’ lives against the histories of India, China, Singapore and Malaya. Through prose, letters and journals in different voices, the author creates a layered portrait of how two families traversed time to collide through love and death. Features music and photographs, this is a unique chance to experience this poignant book come to life.

5pm
Film Screening by Queer As Films
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO
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This powerful, intimate documentary follows five Christian families and their journeys in coming to terms with their gay or lesbian children, including that of openly gay bishop Gene Robinson. As a result of learning to love, they move away from simply accepting what others tell them the Bible says, and found a deeper understanding of what it means to be Christian. Join us for a post-film discussion with Christians who are gay or who support their LGBT brothers and sisters. Can I get an amen in here?

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THE ANNEXE GALLERY
2nd Flr Central Market Annexe
(Behind Central Market)
Jln Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur
03 2070 1137
www.annexegallery.com

Goh Lee Kwang: goh.leekwang@gmail.com
Pang Khee Teik: pang@annexegallery.com

Fiesta Feminista will be fundraising at Jln Bangkung on Friday, 16/9 a.k.a. Malaysia Day. We’ll be selling FF tees (limited supply!), button badges, drinks, and The Best Bread in Malaysia! Come early, bring friends, and drop by.

Fiesta Feminista will be fundraising at Jln Bangkung on Friday, 16/9 a.k.a. Malaysia Day. We’ll be selling FF tees (limited supply!), button badges, drinks, and The Best Bread in Malaysia! Come early, bring friends, and drop by.