Solving Malaysia’s serious problem with misogyny in its legislature — Animah Kosai

Source: CNN News Online 

BY: ANIMAH KOSAI

Malaysia has a problem: misogyny. The country’s Parliament set yet another sordid example last week when Member of Parliament Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh, during a debate on amending domestic violence laws, said husbands were ‘abused’ when wives threw insults, withheld sex and denied consent for Muslim men to take another wife.

Sadly, this attack on women isn’t an isolated case.

In 2007, another MP, Bung Mohktar Radin, equated the leaking parliament roof to a woman’s period, picking on woman opposition MP Fong Po Kuan, and saying she ‘leaked’ every month. His disgraceful comments drew laughter from the floor. No male MP stood up to defend her. Read more

Khairy: Misogyny a hindrance to becoming developed nation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 ― A misogynistic society is a hindrance to becoming a developed nation, youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said.

In a Transformation Nasional 2050 (TN50) dialogue session last night, Khairy also spoke about the time social media trolls had mercilessly attacked national gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi for the leotard she wore instead of her twin gold medal wins.

“It was not the gold medal they were talking about. It was her leotard. I mean come on, what the hell did you expect her to wear? We are talking about rhythmic gymnastics here.

“It’s the same kind of attitude that you see on Facebook, on social media. Trying to tell women what to wear, not in a nice way. It’s in a way which says if you’re wearing  this, you’re going to go to hell. Excuse me, who made you God? These are the things we need to confront,” Khairy told the dialogue titled TN50: Wanita Pemacu Negara. Read more

Muslim women shouldn’t use emoticons, group says in anti-Valentine’s Day campaign

Source: The Malay Mail

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The National Muslim Youth Association (Pembina) advised Muslim women against using emoticons in text messages or wearing fragrance, ahead of Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

Pembina’s guide published on its official Facebook page today said Muslim women should avoid seven things while dealing with “non-mahram”, or men they can marry, even outside the day commemorating love.

 

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