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Minister Suggests Wives To "Ask For Permission" Before Speaking To Avoid Domestic Abuse

According to Nurul Izzah Anwar, during the pandemic, Malaysia has seen an increase in domestic abuse with a total of 9,015 cases reported. She called out Deputy Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Datuk Hajah Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff for sharing "insightful" tips for married couple on social media, saying that her 'advice' is a disservice and goes against current realities and needs.

In one of her videos, she suggested wives to take a soft approach while husbands are advised to use a 'gentle but firm physical touch' to teach stubborn wives. This comment clearly did not sit well with netizens, inviting controversy all over the comment section.

Siti Zailah also added that "It is the role of the husband to educated their wives, and the role of wives to do the same. In the instance where the wife does not safeguard her modesty, does not follow God's commands, or does something that the husband does not like... Husbands should advise them."

"But if wives do not adhere to the advice, the husband can sleep separately for 3 days, and if things still do not change, a 'soft' and physical touch is allowed - full of love, which is not painful but shows firmness that the behaviour should change," she continued. "When we speak, we ask for permission first. Wives should use the softest language so that husbands can accept their criticism. If they get angry, wives should remain silent and not talk back."

What are your thoughts about these 'advices' from the minister?


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