Hornbill Unleashed

April 12, 2017

Who will speak up for the women and children of M’sia?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Malaysians must feel that they are stepping back into the dark ages when rapists are not punished for their crimes – but are instead ‘rewarded’ with a marriage that seems to be a trophy for their conquest.

Who will speak for the women and children of Malaysia, if Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim will not?

When the Umno Baru MP for Tasek Gelugor, Shabudin Yahaya, allegedly said that rapists who marry their victims will help to cure social ills, Rohani should have been the first to condemn him for his highly offensive remarks.

She didn’t! Instead, she did nothing more than to say that it was up to Shabudin to say and do as he pleases. What a cop-out for Rohani.

No wonder, in her home state of Sarawak, the Penan girls and women who were raped by timber workers have not found justice. James Masing, the then-Sarawak land development minister, said that their rapes were mere “story telling”, a fabrication of their fertile minds.

Like a woman who must be subservient to her husband, Rohani said that she did not want to interfere with what Shabudin had said, nor did she think it necessary to make him apologise.

In truth, Rohani has failed the women and children of Malaysia. Rohani is not the first to play the “obedient political wife”.

The child who is raped, the woman who has been forcibly made to have sex with strangers, and the girl who has been raped by a family friend, must feel devastated by Rohani’s “tidak apa attitude”.

There must be mothers, sisters and daughters who are outraged by the insensitive comments of Shabudin (photo). Would any of them have approved of a brother-in-law, or a son-in-law, who is a druggie, a layabout, or a grandfather, and welcome him into the family fold just because he raped their sister or daughter?

So why has no one from Wanita Umno Baru execrated both Shabudin and Rohani?

The rape victim must feel that she has been raped three times. The first is the actual rape. The second, is having to live as the wife of a rapist. The third is the realisation that this sick arrangement is state sanctioned.

Has Rohani ever thought of what the rape victim should do when her rapist-husband divorces his child bride and proceeds to marry his next conquest?

‘One social ill is cured, 10 more social problems?’

We have an epidemic of single mothers in Malaysia. Does Rohani not realise this? So, when Shabudin says that one “social ill” is cured, could Rohani not see 10 more social problems?

Children are psychologically, medically, emotionally and physiologically unprepared to be mothers at their tender age. The child rape victim will have no skills, no education, nor will she have real means of supporting herself.

To add insult to injury, these child mothers are mostly from the Malay community, where there are large numbers of wives and children who have been abandoned by irresponsible husbands. Families who have no father figure. Families with no real income to support the needs of the growing children. Children who are denied a loving family.

Has Rohani wondered about the mixed messages that Shabudin is giving to the young Malay males? This may explain why so many young Malay males are disrespectful towards women.

Rohani’s non-interference approach is wrong. She cannot act like the protective mother who condones her son’s crimes and makes excuses for his behaviour, instead of punishing him for his wrongdoing and making him seek treatment.

At the rate we are going, Malaysian women will one day be afraid to go out. They are already criticised for ‘inviting rape’ because they show too much hair, or reveal too much skin, because their dresses are too revealing. If they are raped, they will not get justice but be married off to their rapist.

Rohani should do her homework and try to seek justice for the many underage girls who were raped in the past.

The two teenage girls who were gang-raped by 38 Kelantanese men in 2014 have also been denied justice. Their rapists included two generations and three members of the same family.

In 2012, a Malay tenpin bowler, Noor Afizal Azizan, was acquitted of statutory rape, because he had “a bright future as a sportsman”. Was the girl’s future not important? Was she no more than a plaything?

Will Rohani review the Penan rapes and seek justice for the rape victims?

The parents of a child rape victim and the girls who have been robbed of a future must feel so alone. Who will they turn to if Rohani, their minister, is not prepared to demand justice and stand up for their rights?

What a pity that someone of Rohani’s seniority, who had the opportunity to show Malaysians the true meaning of leadership, is a complete let-down.

She is no leader. She is a mere puppet.

MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO).
Source : @ Malaysiakini


1 Comment »

  1. She is a sex maniac

    Comment by tigeryk — April 13, 2017 @ 3:00 PM | Reply

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