The Intentional Destruction of Women’s Lives

By Pn Hjh Fuziah Salleh
Head of Women’s Wing
Parti Keadilan Rakyat Malaysia (keADILan)

Monday 18 October 2006

Statement released 18 October 2006

The Intentional Destruction of Women’s Lives
As reflected in Malaysia’s incidence of violence against women and human trafficking

The incidence of violence against women speaks volumes of the inadequacy of the Barisan Nasional Government agencies that are supposed to protect the country’s citizens, particularly women. With the recent crime rate taking a hike, an increase of 11.3 % for the first seven months compared to last year, it gives a sham image of development, when citizens, especially women do not feel very safe walking about in the country. Domestic violence, rape, and sexual harassment continue to occur under the Barisan Nasional administration, which fails to approach the social problems in a holistic manner. The inadequacy of existing law also lacks protection from emotional and psychological violence against women.

About seventy percent of Malaysian malls are unsafe and susceptible clients especially women suffer risk of being snatched, harassed, sexually assaulted, rape and even killed.

In another dimension, reports of human trafficking within and across borders that propels the sex industry has brought with it a host of social, health and national problems. Human trafficking that reduces women as chattels and objects of lust is a manifestation of modern slavery that affects generations to come. Those that promote the trade are non-arguably the destroyers of human dignities and civilisation and those in authority that does nothing on it are the same.

The system generated by Barisan Nasional has failed to protect Malaysian women wholly. These figures and scenarios spelled a deliberate insensitivity of the system and lack of enforcement on proper measures that may cause the destruction of many women’s lives. Wanita keADILan views these as grave issues that warrant immediate resolve by the government. Two resolutions of the Congress of keADILan Women on September 1, 2006 demanded actions by the government.

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