Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar wants parliament to expunge his controversial remarks about non-Malays being less offended by statutory rape from the Hansard.
However, Wan Junaidi does not want to apologise for his remarks, which he said could have caused hurt if taken out of context.
"If you read the sentence on its own, out of context, maybe it can be offensive," Wan Junaidi said in Parliament today.
Earlier in the chamber speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia agreed to have the remarks expunged.
Wan Junaidi sparked a furore with netizens and civil society when he said, in reply to a question, that child rape was more common among Malays because non-Malays are less sensitive and under-report such cases.
He said the majority of Muslim parents were unable to accept the idea of sex before marriage.
"There are more reports involving Malays compared with other races because Muslims can't accept a child out of wedlock, pre-marital sex, and because these acts are wrong by Islamic law (zina)," Wan Junaidi said in Parliament during question time.
Wan Junaidi said statistics showed 80%, or 1,147 of the 1,424 of statutory rape cases reported last year, involved Malays.
Statutory rape covers girls aged below 16, regardless of whether it involved consensual sex and whether the accused was an adult or minor.
In comparison, he said, Chinese accounted for 4.3% (62 victims), Indians accounted for 2% (32), while other races accounted for about 13% (183).
He said this was consistent with the numbers for 2012, where out of the 1,243 underage rape victims, Malays accounted for 80%, Chinese 5%, Indians 3%, while other races accounted for 12%.
Wan Junaidi said statutory rape cases were mostly caused by access to pornographic material available easily on the Internet.
He said other reasons for underage rape included young people being influenced by friends as well as an urge to try having sex.
Today Wan Junaidi moved to expunge the remarks from the Hansard after a motion by Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) to refer him to the parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee for his racist remarks.
Chong said he accepted Wan Junaidi’s call to have his remarks expunged as it was equivalent to a retraction. – March 25, 2014.