GEORGE TOWN, September 10 – I criticized the statement of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Iris Ahmad who used sentences like ‘opening up shame’ when a teenage girl revealed to the public that she had been the victim of sexual abuse by her own father. As a leader, especially when held accountable in Islamic Religious Affairs he must be wise and sensitive in the use of language so as not to distort the public’s view of Islam in handling such case said Nurhidaya, Head of Women KEADILAN Penang.
Fearing that such statements will make more victims rape or sexual abuse is more afraid to seek justice. Nurhidaya said she support that it is better for the victim to make a police report immediately to get proper justice but a sentence like ‘disgraceful’ is not suitable to be used whether Datuk Idris means to expose the manga or the perpetrator. He should be more sensitive so as not to give the impression that the Islamic religion or the Malaysian government seems to ‘condemn’ those who dare to speak out about sexual abuse.
At the same time, I urge the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun to raise this problem in the parliamentary session in order to impose stricter measures and propose more proactive measures to deal with the problem and help the victims sexual abuse that is getting worse in our country. As a minister, he should be more proactive in handling problems related to women, women and society.
Instead of just issuing comments when a problem occurs. I hope that he realizes that the position he holds has a great responsibility to serve the people, not just to be comfortable in the position. She hope that the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development will wake up, open his eyes and carry out his work so that our beloved Malaysia can become a safe home for its citizens for the well-being and safety of all of us.