Penang CM says embarrassed by Tasek Gelugor MP's rape remark

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya has a 'depraved and sick' mind. — Picture by K.E. Ooi
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya has a 'depraved and sick' mind. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, April 5 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng called Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahya unfit for office over the latter's suggestion that rapists be allowed to marry their child victims as a solution to social problems.

Lim said the Penang executive council unanimously condemned Shabudin, adding that the latter’s suggestion showed a “depraved and sick” mind.

“Penang people don't want a monster to become their MP, we don't want people with no compassion for rape victims to be an MP.

“We are ashamed to have an MP like this from Penang. Even though he's not in the state government, he is a black stain for Penang,” he said.

He then demanded that Barisan Nasional and Umno expel Shabudin, and ask the latter to resign as MP.

State executive councillor Chong Eng urged state opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid to make a stand on this issue.

“I hope she will join us to call for the expulsion of this monster from BN and Umno,” she said.

Lim and Chong were responding to remarks Shabudin made when debating the Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017 in Parliament.

He suggested yesterday that rape victims be allowed to marry their rapists to reduce social problems.

He said it would be “safer” for the rape victims to marry their rapists and suggested that even nine-year-old girls are “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage.