John

Malaysia, The Bad: FM wants to impose restrictions on women travelling abroad

In News on May 4, 2008 at 3:50 am

Our politicians are truly 1st class and such heroes to progressive society. The Star reports:

Local women intending to travel abroad alone may need family consent in a bid to prevent them from being used as “drug mules” by international syndicates.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said a proposal to this effect would be made soon to the Cabinet, following several incidents where women were used to smuggle drugs overseas.

Out of 119 cases of Malaysian women hauled up before foreign courts, 90% were linked to drugs, he said.

1st off, how does family consent prevent silly young things from becoming drug mules? What if the girl has no living relatives? And what about the woman’s right as an individual? Also, the reason its girls and not guys are getting caught is because of the assumption that custom agents are less likely to suspect women of being drug carriers and hence not search them. IT DOES NOT actually mean that men are more savvy, intelligent or superior.

It gets better:

“Both ministries (home and foreign) agreed that factors like family, religion, immigration laws and preventive measures need to be considered before a Malaysian woman goes abroad alone,” Rais told reporters after officiating at the Malaysian Silambam Association’s Jelebu branch here yesterday.

Let me state that I think this is such a stupid waste of time. The foreign ministry should be concerned with ensuring that the Malaysians in prison overseas are getting their appropriate legal rights, and try to bring them home to serve out their time in prison here. They also have a ton of things to do for improving the relations of our nation with our neighbors and getting ASEAN working before the world completely bypasses South East Asia. The government need not interfere in the lives of the people to this extent in the 1st place. If they deem it necessary, at least don’t be bigoted about it. Also dear government please please please stop factoring religion into every thing. Its a secular state.

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  1. such backward thinking prevails again!!
    what’s ironic is, the news doesn’t highlight the number of men who get caught in trafficking! and i bet that number would outnumber women! why not go to the root of the problem?

    “The foreign ministry should be concerned with ensuring that the Malaysians in prison overseas are getting their appropriate legal rights, and try to bring them home to serve out their time in prison here.”
    >> no such thing as serving prison time in Malaysia for drug trafficking, it’s a death sentence, remember? =P

  2. hey, why does the post author show up as ‘sandeep’ in my RSS feed? did you change your name or something, john?

  3. @zona marie:
    extradition treaties etc can be made in a way that the prison time is served in the home country. it saves the taxes of the foreign country so it makes sense. death sentence wont apply since offense was not in msia so there wont be a new charge etc.

    @joon:
    its cause sandeep sometimes contributes to the blog cause sandeep is too lazy to do his own…:)

  4. @joon would you like to join the newsblog that is johndotorgslashblog? We pay nothing! w00t!

  5. I will join if you pay in beer.

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