Sexist Remarks Raise DAP’s Hackles

CLARE TAUNEK

KOTA KINABALU: A potential candidate for Sabah DAP has become the target of cybertroopers even before the election campaign begins.

The party’s women wing is upset that rivals may have cast Clare Taunek, who is said to be vying for the new seat of Tulid, in negative light with sexist remarks and images on social media.

Clare said the sexual undertones had not only affected her but also threatened the participation of women in politics and made a mockery of democracy in Malaysia.

She pointed out that besides being meant to discredit her, the actions could also be a reflection of the poor political values being practised in the state.

Sabah DAP Wanita chief Jannie Lasimbang condemned the tactic, aimed at portraying Clare as a scandalous person, saying attacking a woman politician in such a way was immature.

The attempts to damage her reputation have been making the rounds in WhatsApp and other social media platforms.

“Gender discrimination is wrong, whether it’s on women politicians or other women … this is character assassination,” Lasimbang said, when contacted.

“Cyber attacks in the form of gender discrimination through social media is against Malaysia’s democracy principle that prioritises freedom, participation and choice, as it will limit the freedom of women.”

Other than Clare, Jordan Jude Ellron, the son of incumbent Sook assemblyman Datuk Ellron Angin, had recently also expressed interest in contesting the Tulid seat, which along with Sook, forms the Pensiangan parliamentary constituency.