By Syed Akbar Ali
Update : Well thanks to Shahrizat, Malaysia is making headlines around the world for the wrong reasons again : Malaysia mulls hanging parents who dump newborns
This is what the Minister of Women’s Affairs Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said. That the buang bayi people whose actions result in the death of babies should be given the death penalty.
I am not surprised that Shahrizat could say something like this because Shahrizat is a Muslim. Muslims around the world are well known for suggesting and carrying out terrible punishments against their fellow human beings. In Iran they are now on the verge of stoning a woman to death. In Saudi Arabia they behead people in public on Fridays. Also in Iran they have thrown liwat fellows out of helicopters in the air. In Taliban Afghanistan they used a tank to push a wall over some liwat fellows. In Malaysia our khalwat goons have caused the death of many young people who jumped off balconies and windows while trying to escape from them. Only Muslims are capable of doing things like this and then defend it too.
My dear Muslim friends, stoning people to death, throwing liwatters from helicopters, dropping a wall over liwatters are not found in the Quran at all. The word “khalwat” is not even found in the Quran. And have you noticed, even the Mahkamah Syariah in Malaysia does not punish people by stoning to death.
I am surprised that Shahrizat has even lost her woman’s instincts. I would assume that women would or should be less cruel than men. Maybe I am naïve in this area. Maybe its the new age equality?
These are kids we are talking about – our children. Most of these baby dumping cases involve teenaged girls or young women. And a large majority of them (if not all of them) are Malays or Muslims. Has anyone stopped to think why this is so? They are just children. Children having children. And we want to sentence these children to death? Kenapa gila sangat suka bunuh orang ini?
We are supposed to preserve human life, not destroy life. These are young kids who are victims of their society and their strange belief systems. They are not hardened criminals or bank robbers. They need counseling and guidance. You don’t sentence them to death.
I am glad that the statement by the MCA folks has much more enlightenment on this matter. And they are not Muslims. Here is what Ng Yen Yen said:
“MCA believes the problem of baby dumping can be tackled effectively through proper education and a change of mentality within society, said its vice president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen. She said a reproductive health education programme could help prevent or reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease. "MCA feels that the capital punishment proposed for dumping babies is too harsh and will only make things worse. Meting out the death penalty on those who abandon babies is too heavy a punishment," she told reporters.
Allahumma solli alaikum : may Allah shower His blessings upon you.
God has created hormones in the males and females. As long as there are males and females in any society (and they are not liwatters) you will find cases of girls getting pregnant. And we live in an advanced, modern country where young men and women have mobility, employment and mix freely.
The problem for unwanted babies is that the religious law prosecutes girls who get pregnant out of wedlock. Arising from this law, the society also has developed a very unfriendly attitude against girls who get pregnant out of wedlock. As for the boys, well lets just say they don’t get pregnant. I think that’s how society views those culprits. Its always the girls who get the short end of the stick.
My view is that any disciplinary measures to be meted out when there are unwanted pregnancies should be left to the families of the people involved. Let the fathers and mothers, uncles and aunties deal with their children, nephews and nieces – subject of course to the civilized laws of the land. Its their problem. The State should not get involved in meting out punishment over these cases. As an example Muslims living in the West (UK, US, Europe) also face this problem. Their families have no choice but to sort out these problems, as and when they occur.
As Ng Yen Yen suggests we need proper education to teach our young people. I feel that more than the boys (they don’t listen anyway) the girls should be given a comprehensive education beginning in secondary school about the entire reproductive process, pregnancy, birth control, self protection and preservation. In some countries they provide free birth control devices to teenagers. This is a very good idea. This is the “just in case” option. Just in case the girl gets into a tricky situation, at least she will know what to do.
We also need State funding to set up discrete yet easily accessible counseling centers and pre natal centers where pregnant teens can go for help and counseling. This part will require a sea change in our society’s attitude. But as Ng Yen Yen suggests, society needs to be educated too.
To change our soceity’s attitude I think the teaching module can be very short and simple. For example :
Do you consider yourself a human being?
What makes you different from animals?
What do you think of some animal species that kill their young?
Why do you get so much pleasure when young people die from falling off balconies and windows during khalwat raids?
Why do you get so much pleasure from wanting to kill young people?
You know simple ideas and simple concepts like that. Makes it easier for people to understand. I think Shahrizat needs a heavy dosage of ‘how to be a human being’ vitamins too. I don’t know how long it is going to take, but at some point we have to be more civilized. Killing young people is not a civilized option.
Or do you feel that liwatters should be thrown out of helicopters? According to some people that should be the law too.
Updated : Please see Tolokminda's Blog here