This article was published in Malaysiakini.
A few days ago Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng called Penang state opposition leader Jahara Hamid a “typical grandmother” and an “unreasonable and racist grandmother”, according to news reports. He was reacting to something Jahara had said in the Penang state legislative assembly.
Criticised promptly by Jahara and women’s groups, Lim apologised. Subsequently, some of his women colleagues called him out as well.
This apology is commendable. Yet, at least by reading though comments to the news reports of this episode, many seem to think that Lim had nothing to apologise for, that calling someone a “grandmother” is just stating a fact, not being sexist. I get the feeling many others feel this way too. Continue reading
Explaining the “Aiyoh…Wat Lah?! Awards 2013”, an annual spoof ceremony organised by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) to raise awareness on what constitutes sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and/or transphobia, and to encourage higher standards of behaviour from public figures and institutions in relation to gender and sexuality. The 2013 Awards ceremony was held on 26 May 2013.
Video produced by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG).
Smita Sharma and I promoted the “Aiyoh… Wat Lah?! Awards”, with Umapagan Ampikaipakan and Caroline Oh on the Evening Edition.
Prelude by BFM:
We’ve cringed, looked away, slapped our palms on our foreheads every time we read about or hear what prominent Malaysian figures have to say. And to further express our disdain, our actions are usually accompanied by a very typically Malaysian “Aiyoooooo”.
So, good on the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) for gathering all distasteful comments made throughout the year for fellow Malaysians to read and vote on. The 2nd annual Aiyoh Wat Lah Awards 2013 will reveal whose comments reigned victorious in the issues of sexism, misogyny, homophobia and/or transphobia.
Interview aired on BFM on 2 April 2013.