Well, looks like we have a new de facto Law Minister - maybe it should be de facto Human Rights Minister.
It is Hajah Nancy Haji Shukri, and she is a Malaysian, a Scottish-Malay-Iban adopted by a Malay family (see below 'Malay? Chinese? Just Nancy!', an article that appeared in Nutgraph)
Would Nancy be guided by principles of human rights and justice? Or would she be cowed by Najib and the BN-UMNO? We have to wait and see.
She certainly needs to immediately ensure the appointment of new SUHAKAM HR Commissioners - and who she chooses would be indicative of how she will perform as a Minister. Would she appoint persons who are committed to human rights and justice, fearless to stand up when it is the government, PM, police, public servants, etc that are the violators, or would be weak personalities 'loyal' to the PM and the BN-UMNO government? Would it be people with a human rights history and background, or just some with an academic background? We shall see...we shall see...
Nancy gives top priority to Suhakam
PUTRAJAYA: Speeding up the appointment of members of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will be among the top priorities of newly-appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri.She said that she was fully aware of public expectations, including that of the appointment of Suhakam commissioners.“We will try to bring improvements to our services based on feedback from the public,” she told reporters.
This was after the handover of duties to her by Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz yesterday.Nancy has now taken charge of 11 agencies, including the Public Land Transport Commission, the Prime Minister's Department Advisory Board, the Legal Affairs Division, the Insolvency Department and the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.Suhakam has been without commissioners since the former chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam and the six other members ended their three-year tenure on April 25.This is the second time that Suhakam has been left without any commissioners.- Star, 29/5/2013, Nancy gives top priority to Suhakam
Malay? Chinese? Just Nancy!
(All pics below courtesy of Nancy Shukri)
Nancy, right, with a school friend, circa age 15I can never forget that I swam across the Sarawak river when I was 14. When I was small I liked to go into the jungle, because we were from the kampung and there were still loads of fruit trees at the time. So on weekends my friends and I would always go swimming or go and look for wild fruit.
Nancy’s father (centre) and mother (right) in preparation
for the umrah to MeccaI remember the last Brooke, Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke, came to Kuching in 1982 and looked for my mother and uncle. He invited all of my family members to Holiday Inn Kuching for a meal.
Upon graduating with her Bachelor of Law (Honours)
With other politicians and administrators in Sarawak
With her mother (left) and other relatives during her wedding
ceremony in Kuching. She wore several different traditional
dresses that day, including this kimono