PETALING JAYA: They may be political rivals, but leaders from DAP and Umno have shown their support for two DAP women leaders who were sexually harassed online.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng condemned the act against Bandar Utama assemblywoman Jamaliah Jamaluddin and Kampung Tunku assemblywoman Lim Yi Wei after they received threatening messages of murder and rape on their social media accounts.
“Any form of sexual harassment is a crime and should not be dismissed or allowed in society, ” Lim said.
Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto called on society to fight back against such acts.
“Cyberbullying, hate speech, stalking and harassment must be countered. Hate speech is not free speech, ” she stressed on Twitter.
Kasthuri also thanked Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said for calling out the act on her Twitter feed.
“Enough is enough. It’s 2020! Only cowards would ‘Baling Batu Sembunyi Tangan’ (a Malay proverb), ” said the Umno Supreme Council member who also called for women politicians to unite against such acts.
Fellow Umno member, Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, also showed his support, saying sexual harassment was an uncivilised act.
“Everyone should condemn this act and those behind this ought to be harshly punished, ” the Umno Youth chief said.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said police were investigating the case for criminal intimidation and improper use of network facilities.
He confirmed that Jamaliah made a police report on May 22, but said Yi Wei had yet to lodge a report over the threat.
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