Malaysia Like Chinese girls Malay men

When women are chastened

Malaysia's Minister for Women wants to organize a conference on corporal punishment for Muslim women. In doing so, the government is once again straining the reputation of its country and making it look ridiculous.

What does a woman and family minister do all day long? The lady should work for the well-being of women and families, one would expect in enlightened nations. Is Malaysia an Enlightened Nation? No, that cannot be said, because Article 153 of the Constitution gives the Malaysian king the right to prefer ethnic Malay to other races, for example in jobs in the state apparatus or in access to educational institutions. Article 153 forms the legal basis for the racism openly practiced by Malaysia, the privileging of ethnic Malay and the associated discrimination against the Chinese and Indian minorities.

Sex and lashes

From this many Malays derive a kind of feeling of superiority and the right to determine the fate of the country practically alone. It is not for nothing that the ruling party is called United Malays National Organization (Umno) and not United Malaysian National Organization. So it is a pure event of ethnic Malay. In contrast, parties of Chinese and Indian origin refer in their names not only to the race that sets the tone, but also to the Malaysian nationality (Malaysian Chinese Association and Malaysian Indian Congress).

Sometimes the racism practiced in Malaysia produces strange flowers, which brings us back to the question asked at the beginning. The Minister for Women and the Family, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, does not primarily take care of all Malaysian women, but above all of the ethnic Malay women. Malay are Muslims by law and are therefore subject to Sharia law, which is applied in parallel to ordinary law, for example in divorce, inheritance disputes and in punishing “un-Islamic” behavior. For example, three young Malay women were recently sentenced to lashes and whipped for sexual intercourse outside of marriage. This was the first time Malaysia has used corporal punishment on women. However, the men involved in the “un-Islamic files” were not asked to pay.

Malaysia's secular law specifically prohibits corporal punishment for women, but not for male criminals guilty of serious crimes. The Malaysian version of Sharia, on the other hand, also provides for lashes with a stick for "offenses" such as drinking alcohol and mating without a marriage license - for men and women. There is obviously a contradiction here.

The enforcement of corporal punishment on women not only raises difficult legal questions, but has also triggered severe criticism inside and outside Malaysia. And this is exactly where the problem lies for the Minister for Women and Family. Some Malaysians wonder whether such measures damage Malaysia's reputation as a modern and moderate Muslim country and thus scare away tourists and investors. They are not entirely wrong with this, because the Malaysian government has done almost everything recently to make the country ridiculous, internally and externally. For example, the government recently unleashed controversy surrounding the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims when it came to voting among conservative Muslim voters.

The most beautiful laws in the world?

So what could be more natural for Shahrizat Abdul Jalil than at least hoping for the solidarity of the Muslim world when it comes to the blows of the cane for women? What could be more natural than to invite Muslim states, scholars and organizations to Kuala Lumpur to discuss corporal punishment for Muslim women at an international conference? It is hardly thought possible, but the good minister actually has such a conference in mind. The main question is whether corporal punishment is the norm for women in Muslim countries. Shahrizat Abdul Jalil wants to work in the cabinet for a corresponding meeting within the next three months and speaks about it publicly. Either she doesn't care, or she doesn't understand that she's just further exposing herself, Malaysia and the Umno-dominated government to ridicule. She went on to say that Sharia law is the most beautiful law in the world when applied with wisdom and fairness.

However, the minister suffered the first setback when she announced her conference plans. Because Shahrizat wanted to conclude a cooperation agreement with the Sultanate of Oman at the same time, the Omani Minister for Social Development, Sharifa Khalfan Al Yahyae‘yah, was also present. When the talk came about corporal punishment and the minister was asked whether Oman punished women with caning, Sharifa Khalfan replied that although her country knew Sharia law, neither men nor women were whipped. "As a moderate, progressive and modern country, we make no distinction between men and women before the law." However, she also said that adulterers in Oman would also be punished with one year imprisonment. Now one can ask oneself whether the Sultanate is really as modern as it would like to be, or what is worse: six lashes with the stick or a year in prison? Islam experts from all over the world may soon worry about this in Kuala Lumpur. The only question is what the Malaysian government will do if the conference turns out that a majority of Muslim countries do not have corporal punishment for women.