Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Zahid’s sexist joke a non-issue, but still shocked activists

It is a joke of a joke...

A report by Malaysiakini on what was obviously a faux pas by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Parliament house today is making its rounds among opposition bloggers.

It was quickly reported by the online news portal after the incident was no less swiftly tweeted by Women’s Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah and appeared on the Twitter web page of Wanita Suara Perubahan (Wanita Super MY).

It was obviously something not intended to be as interpreted and felt by the ladies who were in the group descending on parliament to campaign for a clean government.

Perhaps, Zahid’s misstep was one reason they could go to town with, never mind that it was so trivial if one were to look at it from a certain perspective.

But, then again, the ladies felt that they had their day made, and here we are…
To them what Zahid said was no less than a ‘sexist joke.’

After receiving a pair of white gloves to symbolise the group’s demand for a corruption-free government he allegedly said, "Can't feel the wife if (I) touch her with gloves (pakai sarung tangan pegang isteri nanti tak terasa)".

It was reported that one of Ivy’s colleague had heard and jotted down Zahid’s remark, and then reported it on Twitter.

Ivy said although a joke, it was unacceptable and downright rude. Rather cryptic that, but the ladies went on to express shock, nonetheless.

Oh, dear…

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