Apparently certain parties sitting monitoring the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in the Penang City Hall was having a jolly good time watching thighs of women journalists instead of council proceedings.
They were caught, and if they were just punished or charged accordingly, everything would have been settled fair and square. But no, that's not how Malaysia's local councils work.
Responding to the accusations, Penang Municipal Council president Datuk Abu Bakar Hassan said that "if the dress was not sexy, the incident would not have happened."
Oooh... if that isn't one of the most chauvanistic public statements which deserves absolute condemnation, then I don't know what is! By the same warped logic -
- If the dress was not sexy, there wouldn't have been any voyeurs, and
- If you aren't so pretty, there wouldn't have been any rapists, and
- If you haven't carried any handbags, there wouldn't have been any snatch thefts, and
- If your wallet didn't contain valuables, then it wouldn't have been picked, and
- If knifes are illegal, then you wouldn't have been stabbed, and
- If there are no rubbish, then there wouldn't have been uncollected refuse, and
- If there was no press, then there wouldn't have been any palatial mansions, and
- If there were no council elections, then there wouldn't be any need for accountability, and
- If there were council elections, then the mentally challenged can be voted out.