I am amused with the article published in The Mole today. Specifically with what Teresa Kok had to say when asked by The Mole’s reporter.
It started when Haris Ibrahim wrote an article that had clearly shown PAS’ spiritual advisor, Nik Aziz at his worst. Haris suggested that people in general should not remain silent over Nik Aziz’s version of Islam in light of the recent issue on Hudud.
The damning video of Nik Aziz saying the words “Dah dia buka aurat. Dirogol. Padanlah muka dirogol. Dia jual murah-murah. Dia dok jual murah-murah. Betis dia, muka dia, peha dia. Rogol lah! Peduli apa? (She did not cover herself. She got raped. Serves her right. She made herself cheap. She sells herself cheap. Her calves, her face, her thighs. Rape her! Who cares?)”
Here is the video. Nik Aziz’s shocking words can be heard from 4th minute onwards.
“Everybody makes mistake and Nik Aziz had given some zany remarks before. Even the greatest of leaders make mistakes, so did Nik Aziz.”
“But to allow for that sort of thing (what Nik Aziz said) to stand is troubling.”
Yes, Nik Aziz must not get away with it. Malaysia is known as a leading nation of woman’s rights and yet there are some politicians who think women are the source of all evil and he could get away with it scot free. In fact, he is still revered even by his DAP friends!
Thus the source of my amusement. Teresa Kok as we know, the leading icon in defending women’s rights, could only muster a feeble response towards Nik Aziz’s callous remarks.
When contacted by The Mole, she answered –
“I certainly don’t agree with such views. However, I should say Nik Aziz hardly make such statement nowadays.”
Oh yes, Teresa Kok that we all know, who would march into Parliament, armed with a video clip of a naked Malay woman doing ear-squats in a police lock-up suddenly seemed to be very apologetic towards Nik Aziz.
Moreover, she sounded like defending Nik Aziz! Are we missing something here?
Instead of raging for an apology from Nik Aziz, or furiously urging Nik Aziz to retract his statement, Teresa Kok was rather gutless in facing him.
She further added,
“In Pakatan Rakyat, we agree to disagree. Anyone can come up with any opinion, but the PR coalition only implement policies base on consensus.”
Basically, in Pakatan Rakyat, Teresa Kok says it is okay to have double standards. It is indeed troubling to see Pakatan Rakyat allowing such remarks to stand.
Funnily enough, all the women rights movement leaders who are closely associated with Pakatan Rakyat are strangely quiet when Haris Ibrahim raised this issue 3 days ago.
I guess double standards and lack of dignity are the virtues permeating in the core being of all those in the Pakatan Rakyat. Even fence sitters will be hard pressed to refute this obvious defect.
Needless to say, the Hudud issue is tearing them apart as it is really a severe fundamental inter-party policy issue that has remained unresolved till this very day.