Concern over deputy minister’s statement on child marriages

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By Iskandar Abdul Amin

IT was something most of us were expecting, but did not expect it to happen so soon!

Hardly a week after becoming part of the Federal Government, PAS lawmakers have swung into action.

Deputy Women and Family Development Minister, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff did not mince her words when she said she would be pushing for previous policy suggestion for syariah-compliant uniforms for Muslim flight attendants and athletes.

In fact, she said she would be bringing up the matter with de facto Islamic affairs minister Zulkifli soon.

“I’m confident this is already on their agenda. We need to amend the laws, especially the Employment Act… so that syariah-compliant policies are implemented in the administration of our country,” she said.

“This is for Muslims only. For non-Muslims who dress decently, there is no compulsion,” she said.

She said she would also be meeting the Youth and Sports Ministry, to discuss syariah-compliant outfits for Muslim athletes.

Siti Zailah had previously been a proponent of syariah-compliant clothing during her previous terms in Parliament.

What is more shocking is what she had to say about child marriages which most Malaysians have been strongly against.

Previously, Hannah Yeoh had expressed concern on the future of the national road map to fight child marriage with the PAS lawmaker as deputy minister.

Speaking on the anti-child marriage road map, Siti Zailah said this would have to be reviewed as child marriage has many factors, including poverty, social issues, and customs.

Hence, she said it was not suitable to use a single formula to solve the issue.

This is certainly worrying and indeed frightening.

This is what we feared and it is now happening. Take a good look now. Those concerned who were so keen to boot DAP out. Is this what you wanted?

Well, guess it’s time you began locking up your daughters. Otherwise you may well end up with a son-in-law older than you!

Wake up people. PAS should never ever be part of the government. Under them, we will only degress. Just look at Kelantan. What development have they brought there?

As a Muslim myself, I would never want my children to be ruled by a government which PAS is part of and I pray Pakatan Harapan will rise from the ashes soon.

Iskandar Abdul Amin from Petaling Jaya is a reader of The New Sarawak. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of this portal