The Parliamentary code of ethics must be amended to disallow sexist remarks to be uttered in the nation’s most august house.

The Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat  must exercise his utmost right to not only chide the Members of Parliament for their audacity in making discriminatory remarks against women, but also  take sterner action against these irresponsible bigots and chauvinists.

Ironically, the sexist remarks aimed to show their male bravado and elocutionary prowess only reflect a shrivelled intellect that cannot offer a more reasoned argument. The only recourse they have is to hit out at their own mothers, wives, sisters and daughters by referring to aspects of the religion which favour the men.

The sexist men in the Malaysian Parliament forget that the greater part of their responsibility lies in addressing the relevant issues with constructive ideas and suggestions. Their primary role and function is in nation building not in tearing up its fabric. Well-educated people realise that their honour and integrity lie in the respect they show to others by their own conduct and behaviour, and in their use of language.

A serious effort must be made to re-educate the rakyat’s representatives to ensure that the Malaysian Parliament does not degenerate into a sexist, women-bashing arena!

My heart bleeds to see a mother and her daughter standing up to the onslought levelled at their husband/ father for his alleged sexual misconduct. If anything, Datin Seri Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah are to be admired for their steadfastness in defending Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against allegations of being the protagonist in the leaked sex video.
Although their stance has a lot to do with defending their own political careers and the credibility of the Parti Keadilan leadership, it nevertheless demonstrates two admirable attributes – loyalty and consistency in their family values.
Observing the calibre of Malaysian politicians and the oftentimes bad language and incoherent rhetoric they spew, one wonders what is it in the nation’s education system that breeds semi-literates. Looking at the growing dissent among the major political parties and the desperate attempts to discredit one another, one asks where is the decency and integrity among the people chosen by the electorate to represent them. Indeed, what values and priorities do the people uphold when they vote their favourite candidates into power?
To hound one male politician for being caught on video with his pants down is hypocricy at the highest level. This should not be the issue here as we are well aware that many others have succumbed to adultery and fornication which are age-old vices across the world. In the current Malaysian case, the man having illicit sex was stupid enough to allow the accomplice or pimp into the same room. This only serves to show either his complete lack of self-respect or his incurable sex addiction. 
More than the personal flaws, it shows a Malay Muslim man flaunting his sexual misconduct in the face of a nation struggling to uphold its Islamic integrity. What has happened to the religious and moral guidance provided by the community and spiritual leaders, and by parents and elders in the family?
The two gallant women are to be emulated for their true grit and courage. They reflect a world where women are demonstrating real strength of character as men compromise theirs in the bid for power at all levels of society.

4 Responses to “”

  1. 1 Su
    April 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I was looking for some words of moderation and some sense and sensibility and I found it here. Delightful blog!

  2. 2 ninitalk
    April 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Dear woonsuraya
    So glad you think ninitalk is moderate and sensible. I try very hard to ensure a balanced perspective.


  3. April 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulations on your repeated calls to ensure good verbal behavior prevail among bloggers of various ideological viewpoints at the 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference earlier today.

  4. 4 ninitalk
    April 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hello BaitiBadarudin

    How nice of you to visit! Yes – good verbal behaviour is the essence of good blogging! Just as we want cyber readers to be selective about the information they choose to read and believe, bloggers as providers of information have to use the right language to articulate it.

    Your blog looks very interesting. I must visit and read your postings more regularly.


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