Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Support for Sexual Enslavement

A comfort women memorial dedicated in 2010 in Palisades Park, New Jersey, USA caught national attention two years later when Japanese officials asked that it be removed

Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka and co-founder of the Japanese Restoration Party has made public his comments which were quoted by Japanese media on Monday, defending the WWII Japanese military strategem of “sexual enslavement”. He supported this policy of coercing women to surrender themselves to soldiers to be raped. He said that these comfort women provided relief for Japanese soldiers “risking their lives” and therefore, it was a necessary expedient to support hard-working combatants. I must be naive; I didn’t know that there are gasbags who just love to disgorge muck and in the process, telling the whole world that they are wankers through and through.

The Court of Appeal on Monday held that an election manifesto is not legally enforceable. Following this landmark ruling, the court struck out a civil suit brought by a group of single mothers who were seeking RM10.9 million in allowances over the Selangor Government's alleged failure to fulfill its 2008 general election manifesto.

Justice Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus led the three-man bench, comprising Justices Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim and Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof. The judges allowed the appeal by the Selangor Government and Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to set aside a High Court's refusal to strike out the suit.

Lawyer A Vishnu Kumar representing the Selangor Government and Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim had submitted that a person who was aggrieved over an election manifesto that did not fulfill its pledges cannot seek to enforce the manifesto. He added that their remedy was of a political one citing English court cases including one by renowned judge Lord Denning who had pronounced that voters' remedy for non-fulfillment of election promises lies in the ballot box.

Justice Hishamuddin also accepted Vishnu's argument that the group which was led by the Selangor Single Mothers Association chairperson Murtini Kasman Saman could not challenge the matter as their civil suit was filed out of time. The group of 2,020 single mothers should have filed their civil suit within three years from March 2008 but they only filed the suit on November 23, last year. They were ordered to pay RM1,000 in legal costs to the Selangor government and Khalid.

On Monday, I was invited by Ang Chee Yong to be the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening for the MidValley Toastmasters meeting. I tried my best in this role but I noted that members were generally low key. Even the General Evaluator was not his usual self and he spoke as if his batteries are running out of juice. Anyway, there were some decent speeches and evaluations and so the meeting generally turned out alright. My score for this meeting is a 6.5 out of a 10.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Yes, I totally agree with you, Victor. The GE wasn't alive and present.