Sexual harassment cases in Malaysia may be more rampant than you have thought.
In a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Governance and Political Studies (Cent-GPS) in collaboration with the All Women’s Action Society (Awam), it was found that 57% of Malaysian women have experienced being sexually harassed verbally on a regular basis when walking on the streets.
Meanwhile, 22% of the respondents said they have been verbally sexually harassed once, while 14% of them said they had never been harassed, and 7% said they did not know.
The survey was involves 1,056 respondents aged 18 and 30 year-old in the country and was conducted between 24 August and 15 September.
The survey also found that 68% of the respondents said they do not feel safe driving alone at night and at least 44% said that they have experienced a teacher making sexually provocative jokes.
In addition, 71% of the women had changed their travel routes and routines due to the fear of being harassed sexually.
“These results are common knowledge for many Malaysian women, but many men will never relate to the fear of watching a movie alone or having to drive alone at night.”
“Even in one country, we live in two separate worlds.” Cent-GPS said.
Besides, the survey also revealed that over half of the women in Malaysia do not feel safe alone in cinemas.
“Malaysian women can not even travel to work or school in peace. And even as they get to school, there’s a strong chance they have to listen to their teacher make sexually provocative jokes.”
Nonetheless, Cent-GPS said that the public took forgranted the kind of difficulties half of the Malaysian population faces daily.
“For many (men), it is incomprehensible that a woman would have to change their daily routines or routes to work for fear of being sexually harassed.”
“It is incomprehensible that a simple thing such as watching a movie alone in the cinema is an unobtainable privilege.” they said, adding that they hoped the preliminary survey would open the eyes of many Malaysians.
Read the full preliminary report at Cent-GPS’s official website here.