Friday, February 14, 2003

Selangor wants women to reveal hubby-visits to prostitutes

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's Selangor State is turning to women for help in fighting vice and it want women to report on their husbands if they suspect the men had solicited prostitutes, the Malay Mail reported Friday.

Selangor Chief Minister Mohamad Khir Toyo even has some tips for women on how to spot a cheating husband.

"When washing your husband's clothes, look out for tell-tale signs…stains, hotel receipts…tell the authorities. Don't deny your husband's wrongdoing," he was quoted as telling a forum on prostitution organized by the women's wing of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).

The MCA is the second biggest political party in the ruling National Front coalition led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's United Malay National Organization.

With details provided by the wives, Mohamad Khir said police could raid places frequented by the husbands.

The forum came about following the arrests of an increasing number of foreign sex workers in the state, especially women from China and Indonesia.

According to Mohamad Khir, the women are attracted to work in Malaysia partly because they find Malaysian men "easy to service."

Malaysian men's libido lasts only five minutes, the minister claimed.

"A shorter period would mean more customers and that makes it more lucrative for the sex workers to conduct their activities here," he was quoted as saying.

He did not deny, however, that some of the foreign women were duped into vice by the promise of lucrative jobs in Malaysia.

MCA women's wing chief Ng Yen Yen said the forum was to enlighten women of their rights and the danger posed by husbands who visit prostitutes.

"We are also worried about the spread of sexually transmitted disease, especially AIDS, which is on the rise due to such activities," she reportedly said.

Prostitution is banned in Malaysia.

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