Clothing should not be excuse for sexual harassment, says Khairy

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — Women’s outfits should not be used as an excuse for sexual harassment, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.

Most women become victims in the issue and it is not fair that various reasons are brought against them.

He said he personally viewed sexual harassment issues as serious, which if not dealt with, can become a crime.

Read more

#MeToo goes global but is Malaysia ready for it?

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THANKS to the power of the internet, the #MeToo movement has spread globally and in Malaysia, it has resonated with many, prompting people to speak up about their experiences of being sexually harassed or assaulted.

One of them is a 26-year-old Muslim man of mixed ethnicity, who asked to be identified as Peter. Standing 180cm tall, he comes across as a decisive person, but hides a dark secret.

Peter was sexually harassed when he was 15. In the years since then, until speaking out because of #MeToo, his mind would shut off whenever he the incident returns.

Read more

Whither Malaysia’s #MeToo movement? — Boo Su-Lyn

Source: Malay Mail Online


JANUARY 19 ― While the #MeToo movement has brought down powerful American men in Hollywood, politics, and the media, the clarion call against sexual harassment is strangely silent in Malaysia.

#MeToo (or “wo ye shi” [#我也是]) has also failed to take off in China, although a former doctoral student’s sexual assault allegations against a leading computer scientist, who allegedly attacked at least seven other students, have gone viral and led to the professor’s suspension from Beihang University in Beijing.

Actresses in Bollywood and other Indian film industries have also spoken out against sexual harassment that is considered an open secret in Indian cinema.

Malaysian women, however, have yet to widely embrace the #MeToo movement, though several did use the hashtag when it came out several days after allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein broke last October.

Read more