Initially I had a laugh when I read a malaysiakini report that Wanita MCA chief Dr Ng Yen Yen urged the government to put a hold to recruiting maids from China.
She said: “Following intensive discussions, Wanita MCA is appealing to the Home Affairs Ministry to halt this plan for the moment. We do not want the problem of these 'little dragon ladies' to escalate.”
Our MCA nyonyas are worried about those Suzie Wongs or Vampiras from China entering Malaysia as maids because their hubbies may not be able to resist those (imported) Chinese charms.
She declared: “These women are enticing local married men into having affairs with them and are causing family disharmony.”
Where’s the proof? Or just a pre-emptive strike?
She weaved around, saying she meant no disrespect to the lassies from China (she had just shown that), that unless clear guidelines on the recruitment are laid out and the interests of local women protected, the political party wing is against the move.
What guidelines did she have in mind? That they must be UGLY?
It's sad really, but it seems women themselves are the greatest sexists against other women.
Recall a case of a former Taiwan woman mayor who was to appear in a variety show in Malaysia a few years ago?
One Gerakan woman leader objected to that.
I can’t recall that Taiwanese lady’s name but she gained the wrong notoriety when she was videotaped secretly by a so-called close friend with a hidden video cam, while she was having a private tryst with her lover.
Her political opponents converted the secretly taken video into VCDs and gave them free to subscribers of a Taiwanese newspaper. The video was published on a website which hit an all time record as the world’s most visited website – imagine a billion plus Chinese rushing to see the two lovers having what they thought was a private sex session.
Apparently the Taiwanese court eventually penalized the newspaper for distributing porn, and invasion of privacy. But her career was destroyed and her financial situation somewhat in peril. That was why she took up the option to participate in a Chinese variety show, to earn a little something for herself after she resigned from her mayor's appointment.
How does this tie in with the Gerakan woman leader? I am not sure what was the name of the Gerakan Party senator but she was Indian.
What I recall though was when the variety show (in Malaysia) announced the former Taiwanese mayor would appear, the Gerakan female leader objected strongly to it and said what I thought was the strangest thing for a woman leader to say - that the Taiwanese former mayor was immoral or words to that effect.
That Taiwanese lady was a victim of a conspiracy. She had her privacy invaded. Her career was ruined. What was her crime? - wasn’t she allowed to have sex in private with her lover? All she wanted from the variety show was to earn some money for her retirement.
And we had a woman as a self-acclaimed voice on morality, not just any woman but a Malaysian woman political leader, condemning another woman who was a victim of the most savage invasion of her personal life. I believe this is the sort of woman leader who would probably blame society's rape victims for being itchy-fied.
The immorality, the sin, the shame must surely lie with the accuser. I felt utterly disgusted with her hypocrisy, her weird values, and her ironically anti-woman stand.
It’s small wonder that male MPs feel free to attack their female counterparts with sexist remarks.