Gov't schools teach wife beating, Chinese schools teach science by Mariam Mokhtar
Monday, September 24, 2018
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | The rakyat did what was
right for Malaysia, but some ministers in Pakatan Harapan give us cause
for concern. A change from Umno-Baru/BN to Harapan is not like changing
It is a requirement of change that we deal with all the problems
which almost destroyed the nation, but change also means tackling
head-on, the issues which some of us term "sensitive". So, how's this for double standards? When critics and columnists censured Umno-Baru, and singled out their
leader, the disgraced, former prime minister, Najib Abdul Razak and his
wife, the former self-styled 'First Lady of Malaysia' (FLOM), we were
described as courageous and "talking the truth".
Today, we realise that Harapan's politicians only want reporters who
are "yes-men". The rakyat voted for change. We demand politicians with
high standards of integrity, honesty and principles. Many of us are unhappy about nepotism in the various political
parties. Despite acknowledging our views about this, Anwar Ibrahim and
his inner circle, pushed ahead to engineer a by-election in Port
Dickson. Manipulating the electorate is not change for the better. He
should unify and strengthen his party, instead of being distracted by
the race to the top.
Columnists (and cartoonists) recall a time when their work was not
published by independent newspapers, for fear of the authorities. Today,
many publishers still pander to the ruling party, and the voices of the
opposition and critics of the new administration, are largely unheard.
Little has changed in the media.
We cannot undo 61 years of mismanagement, misrule, corrupt practices
and injustice in 100 days. It may take several terms of office. Already,
power has got to the heads of some Harapan politicians, who act like
Umno-Baru Version 2. It is the rakyat's responsibility to censure misbehaving Harapan
politicians. Those who hold public office must observe a code of
The Deputy Home Minister, Azis Jamman (photo), was
accompanied by his aide, on a visit to have his eyes checked, when the
aide took an upskirt photo of the optician. The aide was sacked when his
sexual indiscretion was publicised. An aide is for work, not personal
use. Don't blame Harapan's critics, if BN were to seize back control.
Safeguard the children
The Deputy Prime Minister, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (photo), who is also the Minister for Women, has failed to protect and safeguard the rights of children. How many children will suffer, before drastic action is taken to stop paedophiles from giving Islam and Malaysia a bad name?
Would she marry off her granddaughter to a 40-year-old man? Will she
advise Muslim families to practise birth control, to stop them from
having large families? In the second child marriage, the parents
exchanged their daughter, one of 13 children, for a dowry, so their
child could escape the poverty trap, as the second wife of a man, who is
old enough to be her father.
Yesterday, we learnt that a single mother will be whipped for selling
her body in exchange for money. Her husband had failed to pay any
alimony. This story of the single mother, prostituting herself, to support
herself and her children is not new. It has existed for decades. Wan
Azizah is in a strong position to act to change the fortunes of single
mothers. We used to criticise Umno-Baru ministers for the same failure.
The ex-husband who abandons his wives and children, without paying
maintenance, should be severely punished. Men who abandon their wives
and children are becoming the norm. Some refuse to divorce their wives,
leaving them in a bind, if they find a new love.
It is not just about love and marriage. The syariah laws pertaining
to inheritance need an urgent review. Single women are also at risk when
their parents die. If they predecease their parents, their money and
property will go to the baitulmal fund, if they have failed to make a
The two-tier system of civil and syariah laws has to be disbanded.
Men find the loopholes in the syariah laws and take advantage of them.
Overhaul the education system
The Minister for Education, Maszlee Malik, has failed to overhaul the
syllabus for Muslim children in schools. An examination paper showed
how young Muslim adults are told that wife beating is acceptable;
furthermore, men are taught how to beat their wives in the Muslim way. Elsewhere, a new wife is told that she cannot leave the house without her husband's permission. She is not a slave.
A few years ago, a teenager said that in her school, sex education
was about the many ways of preparing delicious rice dishes for her
husband. Sex education is not about the ability of the wife to be a
whore in bed, a cleaner and a good cook. The root of the matter is how Islam is practised in Malaysia. Our
interpretation of the Koran has been hijacked by certain warped mullahs.
Wan Azizah cannot look over her shoulder to see if her husband
approves of her actions. If she does, then she is not fit to be a
minister. Like her, the other Muslim ministers, like Maszlee and Mujahid Yusof
Rawa, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, need to lead the
way and overhaul the system, where Muslims are concerned.
Malaysian children who attend Chinese, and International schools
focus on science, technology, IT, and the creative arts, to expand their
minds. Malays in government type schools, and tahfiz schools, are returned
to the stone ages, where males are taught how to control their women.
A vote for change on May 9, was not a vote for Umno-Baru ministers to
be replaced by Harapan ministers who would continue with the old ways.
It was certainly not a vote for ministers to do nothing, but hide behind
the cloak of religion or male superiority. On May 9, the rakyat voted for a radical overhaul of the way Malaysia
was governed. Unfortunately, we must now question, if some in the
Harapan government are capable of administering this change.
MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the
Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation
(PLO). Blog, Twitter.