The recent #Turun protest has seen various student organisations and youth groups walking down the Sogo shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur to protest about the rising cost of living.
While the group condemned the government for their lack of action in handling inflation in the country, some of the key figures of the protest found themselves becoming the subject of harassment from netizens.
One of them is Puteri Wangsa DUN and Deputy President of MUDA Amira Aisya, who took to her Twitter page to share the nasty comments she received from netizens.
Ini hak kita!!! pic.twitter.com/kWKcpntQw0— amiraaisya (@_amiraaisya) July 23, 2022
This came after she shared a video of her at the protest where she was giving a speech. However, instead of her speech, she received comments on what she was wearing and her body too.
Amira then exposed some of the comments she received.
“Your body is too obese! Stop playing your politics. We know that it’s our right to protest but you guys still want to play politics,” a netizen said.
“How many percent of Malaysians are obese? The cause – eating too much. If you have money better to donate. Don’t eat too much. Later on, you’ll become stupid,” said another netizen.
“Her D cups make him nauseous and that she looked like someone who has had 10 kids,” one netizen wrote.
Amira then urged others to report these accounts and said she will be filing a police report on each one of them especially against one user who sexually harassed her.
“Body-shaming and unnecessary comments about a person’s physical attributes should never be normalised!” she added.
The act of cursing and insulting someone’s body shape is a criminal offence. The law that applies in Malaysia to deal with the crime is under Section 233(1)(a)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Section 509 of the Penal Code (KK) and Section 14 of the Minor Offenses Act 1955.
In addition, those who were found guilty under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 can be fined not more than RM50,000 and imprisoned for not more than a year or both, while offences under Section 509 of the Penal Code can be imprisoned for up to 5 years.
As for offenses under Section 14 of the Minor Offenses Act, a person charged can be fined not more than RM100.
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