That a group of men can openly incite violence against women is a result of the environment of impunity the government has created, says the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality.
We are extremely disturbed by reports that a group calling themselves the Council of Islamic NGOs, offered to give RM1,200 as a reward to anybody who slaps YB Teresa Kok, a woman member of Parliament.
That a group of men can, without any hesitation, openly and proudly incite violence against women, is a result of the environment of impunity the government has created – an environment that protects extremist groups at the cost of oppositional voices.
Reasonable and compassionate Malaysians have had enough. Malaysians of all creeds have stood up to condemn this crude threat to violence against YB Teresa.
The government must condemn and punish the perpetrators of this malicious attack, and ensure the protection of YB Teresa immediately. Failure to do so would send the message that the government condones acts of violence against women and that violence against women is acceptable. The government must instead lead the way in promoting respect for women.
Joint Action Group for Gender Equality
7 February 2014