Sufiah Yusof: The Outpouring Begins. But Where Is She In All This?

In News on April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm


The Sufiah Yusof story is just made for sensational headlines–good Muslim girl gone wrong, prodigy turned hooker, etc. The ex-husband has something to say about it, and now, in a typical reaction to media hype, The Malaysian Higher Education Ministry has offered to help her out.

It bugs me. Is there really a need for the minister to go out to the Press for this? Where’s Sufiah in all of this? I’d just wish that the Ministry would just seek and help her out without tooting their righteous horn and help her out quietly. It’s obvious that the girl has deeper problems than just “financially”, and the last thing she needs is more publicity on the matter. (I know, I know, it’s ironic I’m posting this, etc.–I just wanted to make a point for people to stop.)

Or I’m just cranky.

From Bernama:

The fate of maths genius Sufiah Yusof, 23, who created world news by entering Oxford University at age 13 and now selling her body for a living has also drawn concern from the Higher Education Ministry.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said he would ask the Malaysian Student Department (MSD) in London to look into the matter and what drove the gifted girl to resort to prostitution.

“Based on the MSD’s report, we will find a way to help her, and see whether it’s really because of her financial problem or there are other reasons,” he told reporters here Wednesday.

Mohamed Khaled said the early report received indicated that her action was not due to her wanting to finance her studies as she had left her studies some time ago, but could be due to her family problems.

Sufiah’s mother is Malaysian-born Halimaton Yusof from Muar, Johor while her father Farooq Yusof, is originally from Pakistan. He is now in jail for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls whom he had home tutored in maths.

  1. There are many college girls who do like Sufiah did, earn as much money as possible in as little time as needed to finance their studies. This could be the case, but the media and the public are giving extra ordinary publicity in this case because of her story. Very sad… i dont know how she is going to come around to live a decent clean life.

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