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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Those poor malaysian males

The courts in Malaysia, encouraged by women rights groups, have struck down a new Family Law bill, citing that it gave too much power to men, especially those who want to marry 4 wives. What got those women's panties in a bunch? Well.... Malaysian Muslim men are allowed four wives under Islamic law, but under the new amendments they would no longer have to prove they are financially capable of treating all their wives equally before taking on another. On taking a new wife, men could seize property belonging to existing wives, and they would be given new rights to claim assets after a divorce, as well as less obligation to pay compensation and maintenance. Oh, those damn femenists. How un-islamic of them. Oh, wait a minute.. The group is also urging the government to hear feedback from the public, particularly women with experience with the state Sharia courts. Critics have said that the bill is "un-Islamic" by taking away traditional rights extended to women, and going against the religion's principles of equality and justice. Oh, those damn islamic fundementalist femenists, abusing the males rights to have their cake and eat it too. Is there no stopping them?

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