Malaysians must make a strong stand for women’s, children’s rights – Robert Chaen

Published: 4 June 2014 | Updated: 4 June 2014 3:03 PM

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What happened in a South Delhi bus in 2012 which shocked the world has now happened in Malaysia.

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An Indian woman, left, one among the protestors demonstrating outside the office of Uttar Pradesh state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, demanding that he crack down on an increasing number of rape and other attacks on women and girls, scuffles with police in Lucknow, India, Monday, June 2, 2014. Police used water cannons to disperse hundreds of women who were protesting Monday against a rise in violence against women in the northern Indian state where two teenagers were gang-raped last week and later found hanging from a tree. AP PHOTO

On 16 December 2012 a 23-year old female physiotherapy intern was beaten and gang raped in a private bus by six others including the driver. The woman died from her injuries thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore.

Medical reports later said that the woman suffered serious injuries to her abdomen, intestines and genitals due to the assault, and doctors said that the damage indicated that a blunt object was used for penetration. That rod was later described by police as being a rusted, L-shaped implement of the type used as a wheel jack handle.

Recently in Uttar Pradesh, India, two teen girls, ages 14 and 15, were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree. Two policemen were arrested and two more fired after it was discovered they did not investigate the initial rape report, which was filed by a father of one of the girls.

In January 2014, a female Danish tourist in New Delhi was gang-raped by as many as eight men, officials reported. She had stopped to ask a couple of men the directions to her hotel.

Last May 2013 an American tourist boarded a taxi at The Curve, Petaling Jaya, and was raped by a fake taxi driver and 2 others.

This week Malaysians read the shocking news of a murder and a rape right here in Malaysia. Firstly, there was the abduction in a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall and gruesome beheading of Siti Soffea, a two year girl.

Then came the news of a 15 year old girl gang raped by 38 men in Kelantan.

There is something very fundamentally wrong when such a large group was involved in gang rape involving 38 men.

The fact that not one of the 38 men including a father tried to stop his two teenage sons, the group, or questioned what they were doing was wrong is very disturbing indeed.

There is a conscience inbuilt in all of us human beings to know right from wrong. It is regardless of whether you believe in God or not, or you are influenced by drugs or alcohol.

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You don’t need religion or religious laws to be moral. If you are confused about what is right or wrong, then you simply lack conscience, integrity, and ethics.

The Muslim authorities should be more concerned about religious hatred, extremism, rape, corruption, and crime than over chocolate which allegedly had the tiniest DNA traces which human beings cannot detect.

Hudud/ shariah laws cannot scare men Muslim men from committing rape, violence, and crime. Education, women and children rights, reformation, and enforcement by police are better solutions.

We must not allow the Malaysian society to go back to the lawless, witch-hunting, and dark ages of Spanish Inquisition, Taliban, Boko Haram, and extremist cults like Isma and Perkasa.

In reality, shariah laws will only push offenders underground. Human nature is such that when human beings are forced unwillingly into obeying some laws they will try to break the law when they know they won’t get caught. When human beings are given freedom and the education of free choice, they actually behave properly.

Amsterdam is a good example of how positive affirmation and freedom in society creates less crime than punishment of negative behaviors.

When religious and educational authorities isolate women and men there are actually doing real damage to the natural development of social integration.

It is a known fact that students brought up in co-educational schools mix better and respect the opposite gender better than single gender schools. They have less sexual issues and less sexual assault. The other known fact is students brought up in mix race schools or universities integrate much better in later society and workplace.

Lastly, the downright sexist and degrading rude remarks against Dyana Sofya and other Malaysian women by Ministers must be strongly condemned if Malaysia were to strive towards a modern industrialised nation by year 2020. Ministers must show good manners and class by example.

Malaysians must make a strong stand for women and children rights, and the rule of law. – June 4, 2014.

* Robert Chaen is an international change expert and the CEO of ChangeU Group. He writes at 

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