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World Cosplay Summit contestants pose at a parade for the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, central Japan on August 1, 2009. AFP
PETALING JAYA: It is unfair to blame cosplay for the murder of Ng Tuk Yim, said psychologist Paul Jambunathan.
While not fond of cosplay, Jambunathan said that blaming it would be akin blaming Facebook or any social media platform for murder.
“This guy probably had an agenda and used cosplay to achieve it. He could have used it as a tool to meet people,” said the consultant clinical psychologist at Monash University Malaysia and Pantai Hospital, Kuala Lumpur.
Cosplay is defined as a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.
The culture has a substantial following in Malaysia and cosplay events attract large crowds of people from diverse ages.
Some people have blamed cosplay for the murder of Ng.
Ng had known the suspected killer though their mutual interest of cosplay. They were said to have known each other for five years through Facebook.
On Tuesday, the 23-year-old suspect confessed to Selangor Community Policing founder Kuan Chee Hong that he had attempted to rape 15-year-old Ng in his house and had hit her in the head with a dumbbell after she resisted, killing her on the spot.
Ng was said to have gone to the suspect’s house to get help with some cosplay costumes.
Jambunathan added that it was emotion that drove the killer to commit the murder and nothing else.
“Is the knife guilty of the stab, or is the person holding it guilty,” he said adding that cosplay was just an individual’s personal expression.
Lawyer Syahredzan Johan tweeted that the murder was a tragedy and that if a cosplayer committed it, it was not because he was a cosplayer.
He added that the murder should not be a precursor to start the blame game on an entire sub-culture, which is harmless.
“I am in solidarity with cosplayers of Malaysia. They have a right to their freedom of expression and should not be victimised because of one,” he tweeted.
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