TL;DR – Only in Malaysia.
We have heard a lot of strange things from politicians all around the world these days. From Donald Trump and all his (in)famous quotes to our local MPs saying things such as you can everybody has a car, but this Member of Parliament from Malaysia just took the cake.
According to the New Straits Times, Tasek Gelugor Member of Parliament Datuk Shabudin Yahya told the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) that “rape victims can have an opportunity to lead a healthy and good life if they marry their rapists”.
Ok, this is so crazy I have to do it again.
While debating the Child Sexual Offences bill, he said:
“They reach puberty at the age of nine or 12 and at that time, the physical state of their body is already akin to those 18 years of age.”
“For a wife who was raped, if she can marry (the rapist) she would not go through such a bleak future.”
“At least she has someone who can become her husband. So, this will be a remedy to social problems.”
He also added that it is also not fair to assume that a person who committed a sexual offence will continue being a bad person.
“Maybe he repents, or regrets. It is better to have people who regret rather than people who do not regret.”
“So in this case, let us not put an assumption that the person will remain bad. (Marriage) can be an exit clause for this problem.”
He said this when objecting an amendment to the bill which was proposed by DAP’s Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching who wanted the bill to be amended to also spell out the invalidity of child marriages.
The proposed amendment was voted down.
Meanwhile, I’m glad that at least one Malaysian politician is ashamed of what this MP said.