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OPINION: I did some research on prostitution recently and found a website that reviews prostitutes in Malaysia.
For the uninitiated, the website will seem like a confusing mess of acronyms. The reviews, or field reports as they’re called, are filled with acronyms and words like NL, CKT, Capati, PRC, Bakso and Tomyam to describe the prostitute’s ethnicity.
The sex worker’s services are listed in another compendium of acronyms like BBBJ, CIM, DATY, FJ and GFE. NL is short for Nasi Lemak to denote Malay ethnicity. CKT stands for Char Koay Teow, or local Chinese. Capati means local Indian. PRC refers to a China national. Bakso and Tomyam respectively refer to Indonesian and Thai prostitutes.
The johns systematically rate a prostitute’s various services on a scale of 1 to 10. The prostitutes’ numbers are rarely provided on the website. Instead, men trade prostitutes’ numbers like Magic cards. Some even sell the phone numbers at RM50 for three. The prostitutes’ nicknames are used most of the time. Sometimes though, they’re just referred to with a number.
On Malaysian escort agencies’ websites, the sex workers are described like products or food. They are “delivered” like pizza. The women are called “young and fresh.” Some websites also feature photos of them posing in lingerie, a shot of deep cleavage or the curve of an ass. Continue reading
PEKAN: Malaysia could find a new export market and cater to Jews and Muslims alike, following a suggestion by the prime minister, Najib Tun Razak.
It lies in circumcision technology that makes it painless, and simple and safe to perform circumcisions.
Speaking at a mass circumcision ceremony in his parliamentary constituency of Pekan here today, Najib suggested that local companies look into exporting the use of circumcision technology.
The latest technology such as the Flushcutter, Tara Clamp, Sunathrone and Laser Carbon dioxide could reduce the feeling of pain during circumcision, he said.
Circumcision was not only compulsory among the Muslims but also among believers of other religion such as the Jews. Continue reading
Marina Mahathir told Malay Mail Online in October she knows of several Malays who say they do not want to return to their homeland. — Picture by K.E.Ooi
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 — The South China Morning Post has suggested that Muslim Malays are starting to leave Malaysia as the country’s lurch towards authoritarianism and fundamentalism starts to bite.
A report in the weekend edition of the Hong Kong paper, titled: “Malay Muslims fleeing country as fundamentalism takes hold” painted a grim picture and suggested an exodus of members of the majority race but gave no numbers or hard data.
It cited a female researcher so disgusted with the state of affairs after her shared accommodation with other women was searched for the presence of a man by Islamic authorities on a morality raid that she has resolved to leave the country in two years.
“An anonymous phone call to the religious department alleging a man was seen entering her flat was all it took for the religious officials to descend on her home,” the paper said, adding that six or seven men from the Selangor State Islamic Department (Jais) had entered her flat.
Unaccompanied by any woman, the men were said to have searched all the bedrooms, closets and even under the bed.
“I don’t feel safe in this country anymore,” the researcher was quoted as saying. “It’s like you are guilty until proven innocent. Anyone can make a phone call to accuse another person out of malice or vengeance and, without proof or investigation, the religious authorities will come to your place.” Continue reading