Dr Wan Azizah's statement on the MRT case sparks debate


Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged women to avoid travelling alone especially during the wee hours as there is always a safety risk - Google


By Nadhirah Sofea Rashid

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has urged women to avoid travelling alone especially during the wee hours as there is always a safety risk.

This follows the recent incident where a woman was brutally assaulted and robbed in a lift at the Taman Mutiara Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station in Cheras last Thursday.

“These are things you have to take into account… we have to be careful and take care of ourselves.

“Don't travel alone as much as you can, especially during the wee hours when there are not many people. There is always a risk.

“Self-defence may not be so easy but you need to learn a bit for yourselves,” she told reporters after the Malaysian Urban Forum 2019.

However, her statement received backlash and sparked a debate.

Most netizens felt the Women, Family and Community Development Minister was actually blaming the victims instead of the criminals.

But to others, they believe  Dr Wan Azizah was expressing her concerns towards the safety of women and not at all placing any blame on the victim.


Dr Wan Azizah said more comprehensive monitoring at public transport stations should also be implemented to ensure greater safety for users.

“By right it should have constant monitoring especially with CCTVs, as well as in the control room ... at least there will be an immediate action (in the event of an undesirable incident),” she said.

Well,  guess it would be best people read the whole article before making assumptions.

What do you think?