In this year’s satirical award, Perak Mufti wins for ‘insulting intelligence’ with his camel sex remark

Group photo of the organisers of the Aiyoh... Watlah! awards. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
Group photo of the organisers of the Aiyoh... Watlah! awards. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, Aug 28 ― The Perak Mufti won an award for ‘insulting intelligence’ with his remark on marital rape last year in today’s “Aiyoh...wat lah?!” satirical awards show.

In its fifth year, the show, organised by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) ‘awarded’ public figures who made remarks which were sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic.

On April 27 last year, Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria said that women must follow their husband’s request for sexual intercourse even when they were riding “on the back of the camel”.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) won the category of ‘foot in mouth’ for their controversial anti-homosexuality flyers on Valentine’s Day last year.

Meanwhile, the award for ‘cannot ignore’ goes to the incident where G25 spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin and BFM journalist Aisyah Tajuddin received rape and death threats for their opinion on Islamic issues last year.

Noor Farida, who was present at the event, got up on stage to receive the mock award.

In a joint statement of the event, Women’s Aid Organisation’s Tashia Peterson said the winners of the show for the past five years “painted a bleak picture” on women’s rights in Malaysia.

“Instead of seeing progress over time, we have witnessed too many government, political party or civil society leaders across the political divide continue to demonstrate sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia in their speech and actions,” the group’s vice president said.

This year, JAG teamed up with GEI, which is a collaboration among the Bar Council of Malaysia, the Association of Women Lawyers and several leading private education institutions in Malaysia.

Similar to its previous events, statements or policies that are regarded as sexist, homophobic, misogynistic and transphobic by public figures and institutions are compiled and nominated under seven categories, namely ‘foot in mouth, insulting intelligence, cannot ignore, least helpful to the sisterhood, enough already, policy fail, right on track’.

The ‘right on track’ category is different from the other categories however, as it allows the public to vote for statements that are deemed helpful and in support of its cause.

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