Religious leaders join nationwide outrage

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Jan 2004

PETALING JAYA: Religious leaders have joined the nationwide outrage against gruesome sex crimes, particularly involving young victims. 

The challenge for the authorities, they said, was not just scathing denunciation of the crime but solutions to wipe out the menace and bring the perpetrators to justice. 

“We need to take a holistic approach through religious, moral and ethical values to resolve this problem,” said National Fatwa Council chairman Datuk Dr Ismail Ibrahim. 

He said public caning could not guarantee that the despicable act would be stopped, citing that capital punishment against drug pushers had not stopped the menace. 

He said the education system had not been able to inject moral and ethical values in children as the system places more importance on getting good grades. 

The Ven Dr K. Sri Dhammananda of the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple in Brickfields said current lifestyles coupled with a lack of discipline could arouse the criminal nature.  

“People would not be able to control themselves and would give in to temptation if they are not grounded with strong values,” he said. He said moral values should be taught from the very beginning, first at home, and then in schools.  

Rev Dr Herman Shastri of the Malaysian Council of Churches praised the authorities for their swift action in nabbing offenders and the government’s openness to shed light on the issue of child rape. 

“Unfortunately, we cannot stop it. So, the authorities and the public will have to be watchful and be alert to potential rapists,” he said, adding that the proposed rape registry to monitor sex offenders was a good idea.  

Dr John Gurusamy, co-ordinator of the Malaysian Interfaith Network and secretary of the Council of Churches of Selangor and the Federal Territory, said there was a breakdown in religious values. 

He added, however, that other matters needed to be looked into, such as whether the family unit was strong and the core values of compassion, gender equality and respect for another human had been inculcated and whether a perpetrator was sick or a drug addict. 

Malaysia Hindu Sangam president Datuk A. Vaithi Lingam said he was concerned over the increase in rape cases, especially when they involved pre-pubescent children. 

“A study must be made to understand such behaviour to come up with preventative actions,” he said.  

Sathya Sai Council spokesman Datuk J. Jegathesan said: “We have to know why this is happening and prevent these incidences from occurring.”  

On the proposed registry, Jegathesan questioned whether the move would address fundamental issues related to the behavioural aspects of rape.  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Nation

Cops arrest four over break-in at MBPP mayor's official residence
Dr Wee: All public transport services can operate during current MCO
FMM: Two-week lockdown extension could devastate industries
Covid-19: Two new clusters linked to Gawai celebrations detected in Sarawak
Malaysia will not send pilgrims for haj this year
Annuar: Mobile trucks to vaccinate market traders, workers, hawkers
Covid-19: Two people in 30s without recorded comorbidities among 76 new deaths
Lockdown in Sabah also extended to June 28, says CM
Covid-19: Govt seeking out UNHCR cardholders for vaccination
Several areas in Negri, Cameron Highlands and Sabah under EMCO, says Ismail Sabri

Stories You'll Enjoy