Monday, April 11, 2011

Malaysian MP Says Men Have Affairs Because Wives 'Neglect' Their Duty in Bed

MP further quotes, “In Islam, wives are supposed to stop everything to fulfill their husband’s demands.” This argument is in line with reported teachings of Prophet Mohammad (Prophet on Muslim women.) and overall position of women in Islamic theology. On other hand, this kind of observation reinforces the main line present day Islamic belief that neither Islam nor Muslim men are never wrong and it is other's fault if Muslims do wrong. The best example is a Mufti saying Muslim men can not be faulted for raping women and it is the fault of women not wearing veil; or infidel women are looked on as characterless or the fact of Islam looking at Non Muslims with disdain and contempt or the prevalence of culture among Muslim men boasting about raping or seducing infidel women (here). 

This kind of statements coming from modern Malaysia testifies to how Islamic beliefs, which are rejected by Muslim apologists when speaking to infidels, pervade through Muslim societies irrespective of index of development and modernization. Interestingly, feminists and leftists are least likely to express outrage on such observations either because of fear of retribution from Islamists or their feeling that their condemnation results in strengthening hardliners at home or, probably this is the reason, their belief that Koran never really means what it says or Muslims never mean to imply and do what they really say (here):

Malaysian men have extramarital sex because of “wives who neglect their responsibilities” to their husbands, a Malaysian lawmaker told Parliament on Thursday, outraging women’s groups.

“Husbands driving home after work see things that are sexually arousing and go to their wives to ease their urges,” said independent lawmaker Ibrahim Ali, according to online portal Malaysiakini.

“But when they come home to their wives, they will say, ‘wait, I’m cooking,’ or ‘wait, I’m getting ready to visit relatives’,” Ibrahim said.

“In Islam, wives are supposed to stop everything to fulfill their husband’s demands.”

Ali heads Perkasa, a right-wing Malay nationalist group seeking to protect ethnic Malay dominance in politics.

His strident comments came as he asked about plans by the government’s religious development department to educate wives on their responsibilities.

Wives failing in their duties pushed men to go to “private places to satisfy their urges”, he said.

An aide to the lawmaker confirmed the remarks but declined further comment.

His comments prompted fury among women’s groups in a nation with a growing sex industry and a problem with human trafficking.

Women’s Aid Organisation chief Ivy Josiah said Ibrahim’s comments were unacceptable for a parliamentarian.

“I am appalled as he equates women to being a sex toy and what is worse is that he uses religion to try and justify his position,” she told AFP.

“The comments not only show that Ibrahim Ali is a Malay supremacist but a male supremacist as well.”

Rights group Tenaganita, who monitor issues of human trafficking and abuse, said such sentiments were one of the causes of human trafficking in the country.

“Because people like Ibrahim Ali believe it is their right to get sex anytime from their wives, or otherwise seek it from elsewhere, that’s why you have a growing sex industry and we see such human trafficking cases,” senior coordinator Aegile fernandez told AFP.

Last March, the government launched a national plan against human trafficking as the country moves to quash its image as a transit point for traffickers.

With one of Asia’s largest populations of foreign labour, Malaysia relies on illegal and legal migrants to work as domestic servants, in plantations, factories and to service the local sex industry.

Malaysian lawmakers also clashed with women’s groups last month after a government parliamentarian claimed women were “slow” at the wheel and “oblivious” on the roads.

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