PKR senator proposes law to 'protect men'

PETALING JAYA: A Dewan Negara senator from PKR has drawn strong criticism after he proposed that laws be enacted to "protect" men from being "seduced" by women into committing sex crimes.

Mohd Imran Abd Hamid, who made the proposal at the Dewan Negara, said that such laws were important to ensure that men are "protected" against committing sex crimes.

"This is important, as we (men) need to be protected, " he said.

"I propose to the minister that we create a 'sexual harassment act' to protect men against the demeanour, words and clothing of women, which can cause them to be seduced to a point where they commit acts such as incest, rape, molestation, pornography (sic) and others, " he said when taking part in the debate on the Syarie Legal Profession (Federal Territories) Bill 2019 yesterday.

Mohd Imran, a retired navy first admiral and former Lumut MP, also said that his proposal should be given due consideration so that "the men in this country are safe, and the country is peaceful."

Deputy Senate President Abd Halim Abd Samad, who was presiding over the sitting, merely responded by saying this was a "good viewpoint" amidst chuckles from fellow senators.

Mohd Imran raised the proposal to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof, who was responding to issues raised by senators during the debates.

However, Mujahid, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, did not respond to Mohd Imran's proposal.

Mohd Imran's proposal drew the ire of several people, including Deputy Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh, who demanded Mohd Imran issue an apology to all women for his distasteful comments.

"Stop blaming victims' clothing. Babies and young children have been victims of similar crimes, they do not know how to seduce men, yet they become part of the statistics, " she said yesterday.

Yeoh noted that many women dress decently, yet are subject to harassment and rape.

"There are also incidents of men raped by fellow men. What seduction?

"There should be an apology to all women for such distasteful comments.

"I'm appalled that the Senate had held such a discussion, " she added.

Senator Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, who was present in Dewan Negara at the time, described Mohd Imran's proposal as "ridiculous".

"He is suffering from the 'blame syndrome' and passing the buck on to others. It is a ridiculous proposal, " he said when contacted.

Rather than point the finger at women, Ti, who is MCA vice-president, suggested that an in-depth study be done to determine the factors why sexual crimes are committed against women.

Women's rights activist Ivy Josiah said the senator's comments "is a very disappointing day for women in Malaysia."

"To suggest a law to control a woman’s action, words and attire is tantamount to wanting a law so that women do not exist.

"He is not only blaming women but disrespecting men, making men so vile and uncontrollable that they cannot control themselves, " she said last night.

This is not the first time that Mohd Imran had blamed women for their attire. In 2015, while debating in the Dewan Rakyat, Mohd Imran said that participants wearing sexy attire at sporting events could lead to illicit sex if they mingled freely with people.

On Twitter, many netizens called on PKR to sack him from the party.

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