Rodziah Ismail Ticker's Blog

…intimidated, called a slut and threatened to be raped

Posted in Uncategorized by rodziahismailticker on September 23, 2009
Exco member called a whore and threatened rape

Friday, 11 September 2009 19:57
SHAH ALAM – She was intimidated, called a slut and threatened to be raped.

And it was all because Rodziah Ismail stood her ground on the temple relocation issue that led to the infamous ‘cow head’ protest outside the State Secretariat building here on Aug 28.

The public bad mouthing occurred at the town hall meeting with residents of Section 23 here on Sept 5, in which Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim was briefing them about the issue of relocating a Hindu temple in Section 19 to their neighbourhood.

Present at the meeting were Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad, mayor Mazalan Md Noor and Selangor Economic Development Corporation general manager Othman Omar.

Rodziah, the state assemblyman for Batu Tiga, lodged a police report on Friday over the public insults leveled at her during the meeting.khalid-ibrahim-5.png

The insults and threats

She said among the derogatory words thrown at her were:

“Whore!”

“Rodziah is rodziah ismail.jpgworse than a prostitute! Prostitutes are better than you!”

“Pig!”

“Slut!”

“You don’t talk, Rodziah!”

“I will rape you, Rodziah!”

She said such intimidation was clearly to smear her name and to humiliate her.

Feel unsafe and threatened

“I regret very much the behavior shown by this small group of people, which makes me feel unsafe and my respectability threatened,” she told a press conference here after filing the police report.

Rodziah, who heads the state Women, Welfare , Science, technology, Innovation and Culture committee, said her biggest fear is for other women.

“If the public could easily throw insults and threats at a state assemblyman or state executive councilor like me, can other women feel safe when they have to face or need to deal with such people?” she asked.

She said there was no respect shown at all to the mentri besar and other state leaders who were present at the meeting.

Also present were 40 residents from the Indian community supporting the relocation of the temple to Section 23.

There were no policemen and public order was controlled by enforcement officers from the Shah Alam city council (MBSA).

“The wild behavior of just a small group had spoiled the meeting, which had opened the opportunity for an amicable dialogue.

Culture of barbarism, sexism and intimidation

“Their action clearly showed they were not there for a dialogue but only to disgrace the state government and to meet their political agenda,” she added.

Apart from the video clips, the lewd remarks were witnessed by journalists, onlookers and MBSA enforcement officersl.

“They were trying to impose a culture which smacked of  barbarism,  sexism and intimidation to jeopardize the harmony that has existed among the various communities.

“Their act should not be condoned. They have to be stopped for the people, especially the women, to feel safe and secure wherever they are” she said.

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