Formerly Charged With Molestation, Shahidan’s Inclusion in Select Committee for Women & Children Slammed by MPs

(source: The Coverage/Twitter)

According to Malay Mail, the inclusion of Arau MP Datuk Shahidan Kassim, who was once charged for molesting a 15-year-old girl, in the Parliamentary Special Select Committee (SSC) for women and children’s affairs has been heavily criticised today.

This morning, Dewan Rakyat’s Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said announced that the SSC had met online yesterday, and thanked the members for selecting her as its chairman.

Others in the SSC include Rubiah Wang (GPS/PBB-Kota Samarahan), Che Alias Hamid (PAS- Kemaman), Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh (PAS-Pasir Puteh), Fuziah Salleh (PH/PKR-Kuantan), Alice Lau (DAP- Lanang) and gaining the most critique – Shahidan Kassim (BN/Umno – Arau).

DAP’s Lanang MP Alice Lau said that Shahidan had once even opposed the formation of the committee. Take a look:

Besides that, DAP’s Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto, who helped Alice push for the formation of the committee, said that she is shocked and disgusted with the inclusion of Shahidan.

“He (Shahidan) and Bintulu were the ones who vehemently objected to the formation of this committee… Don’t forget that he also has this molest case. While he was discharged, he was not acquitted, and it was with a child! I mean, how regressive has our Parliament become, that we have to include specimens like Shahidan in this committee?”, she said.

Former deputy women’s minister Hannah Yeoh congratulated Azalina’s appointment via Twitter but sarcastically pointed out that the inclusion of other Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) MPs in it were due to the decision of the PN backbenchers’ chief.

On the other hand, the appointment has also been opposed by many social media users due to Shahidan’s previous history of alleged sexual predatory behaviour.

Among others, child rights activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi said that a woman should have taken the Arau MP’s place instead.

“How can someone once accused of molesting a child be included in this list?” he asked on his Facebook profile.

#ICYMI, back in April 2019, Shahidan was discharged not amounting to an acquittal by the Sessions Court for the alleged molestation of an underaged girl, after the alleged victim dropped her complaint.

The former minister was charged under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and whipping if convicted. The girl is said to be from a buskers’ group that he sponsored.

The father of the girl also reportedly stated that the matter had been amicably “settled” and the family had decided that there was no need to “blow it out of proportion”.

(source: Daily Express)