The recent statement made by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar on the issue of statutory rape has created quite a stir among politicians around the country.
He commented that child rape cases in Malaysia were higher among Malays because Muslims cannot accept pre-marital sex or a child out of wedlock.
In other words, what he meant was the child rape was more ‘accepted’ among non-Muslims.
The statement drew criticisms among politicians from both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat) saying that it was racist in nature.
Wan Junaidi has since denied that he is racist as his wife is Chinese.
What he failed to see is that the issue really is not whether he is racist. The issue is simple that he is insinuating that child rape is ‘accepted’ by certain parts of the Malaysian society.
At a time when the nation is focused on other issues like the missing MH370 Malaysia Airlines jetliner and the drug overdose deaths in Bukit Jalil, such statements are very irresponsible.
It shows that the deputy minister is totally IGNORANT of the issues happening around the country. It is either he does not know what he is talking about or he thinks Malaysians are stupid not to understand the undercurrents of his statement.
He went on to say that the main causes of statutory rape is due to pornographic material on the internet is easily available.
This is very unbecoming of a federal minister who shows that he has ABSOLUTELY ZERO knowledge of anything.
What we don’t need now is another minister who tries to ‘ACT SMART’ and that is what Wan Junaidi is doing.