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Monday, October 24, 2011

Groups: Sex guide reinforces gender stereotypes

PETALING JAYA: The controversial sex guide by the Obedient Wives Club (OWC) reinforces gender stereotypes, say women's groups.
All Women's Action Society (Awam) programme manager Betty Yeohsaid the book portrayed women as sex objects.
“It goes against gender equality and what women's groups have been fighting for all this while.
“The views expressed are backward when everybody is moving forward,” Yeoh said.
Club founder Hatijah Aam, who is also the author of the controversial book Seks Islam Perangi Yahudi Untuk Kembalikan Seks Islam Kepada Dunia (Sex in Islam Wage War Against Jews to Return Islamic Sex to the World), said that when a man reached the highest spiritual level, “he can appear in multiple apparitions and have sex with his wives even though they are in separate locations”.
She said this meant that when a man has reached the highest spiritual level, he will be granted the ability to have sex with his wives spiritually.
Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director Ivy Josiah said they did not agree with the views expressed in the book.
“We are confident that people will reject their ideas,” she said.
Empower (Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor) programme officer A. Janarthini said a mature reading public should be able to determine what are positive values to be emulated.
Hatijah said the book would soon be launched globally in countries where OWCs have already been set up, including Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Britain and France.
However, the club does not intend to launch the book in Malaysia.

Anti-hudud drive continues

Sunday October 23, 2011

IPOH: The anti-hudud campaign started by the Ipoh Timur MCA division last week continues to draw supporters, with more than 200 signatures collected within three hours when the petition drive was held at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreational Park here.
The petition drive at the park the second venue since the campaign started at the Pasir Pasir Pinji market on Oct 14 began at 7am yesterday.
“The division will conduct the campaign every week until the end of the year,” division chief Datuk Thong Fah Chong said.
At the end of the period, the petition would be handed over to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Thong said most people knew only a little about hudud laws and assumed they would not be affected if the laws are enforced.
Division deputy chief San Chak Chun said he feared that hudud laws would destroy harmony and divide the people.
He added that hudud laws would not protect non-Muslims, saying common law would be discarded when hudud was implemented.