Video of Malaysian Man Slapping a Muslim Woman for Not Wearing a Hijab Sparks Online Fury

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A video uploaded by Malaysian Mayy Maii Silalahi on January 5, 2018, showed a man slapping a well-dressed woman, reportedly from Indonesia, while she was waiting with other women at a bus stop in Penang. In the video, the man is heard to ask the women, “Islam ke bukan? Islam ke tidak?” (Are you a Muslim?) When one woman, who professed to be Muslim and was not wearing a hijab, said that wearing the hijab is a right and a personal choice for her to make, the man berated her and three minutes into the video, is seen to slap her. This video was widely viewed and shared, and caused netizens to be outraged.

The other women with her quickly rose to defend her, and the man is seen backing. The man is then seen to stay around the bus stop and continue to spar with the women verbally, telling the women without hijabs to go home, until another man steps in to help the women.

The video, whose full version lasts more than six minutes, has been viewed by 700,000 netizens and shared more than 6,000 times, and sparked fury online from many commenters, who have called the man’s actions as “harassment” and “condemnation.” Many have expressed anger over how the man treated the woman with violence.

Netizens have commented that how one expresses one’s religious views is a highly individual matter. Others have speculated that the man may possibly be mentally ill. Many netizens applauded the other women for coming to their companion’s defense.

Over two-thirds of the 30 million people in Malaysia are Muslim. Many of the attitudes in Malaysian society are on the conservative side, especially in rural areas. There has also been a rising incidence of religious conservatism in the county over the past few years, in contrast to the tolerance and moderation that has marked modern Malaysian society.

71 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing happens without a reason…
    Karma has a very bad way of showing its true colour…
    Wat has happen has happen
    Wat will happen will happen
    Thats how karma works…

  2. I don’t think it is a good idea to post racial articles as we have been living peacefully with all races. Moreover, this has nothing to do with Singapore.

  3. I dont remember any malay women from the 70s till the 90s wearing the tundung, not even in Malaysia.
    This thing is only started in the late 90s.
    Now everybody is expected to wear them?

  4. That exact reason religious believes cause more chaos than brings about harmony, when hotheads start thinking everyone on this should and must adopt the same ideas. Does all these believes necessarily makes one a better person?

  5. Here u have a Muslim slapping a woman because of….next you have democratic national election…I am plenty confused ! Some one please enlighten me !

    • I don’t think so.anyway it’s not his business to worry about Muslim women not wearing hijab.i wear hijab full time & it’s none of my business to go round checking who is covered and who isn’t

  6. Relay getting out of hand literally.What this mental sicko want to be morality policemen just like ISIS, taliban wacko.women covers up man wear western clothing?The rest of the world moving forward, these cave dweller want to go backward. Ok just do it no pretentious.

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