Does Jeff OOI mean this…
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Did blogger and MP Jeff OOi make a sexist remark by calling the spouse of the former Penang CM – Chui Kah Peng and her friends at Persatuan Bunga Tanjung (PBT) “Desperate Housewives”?
I believe he just did. “Housewives” is NOT a degrading remark but coupled with “Desperate” is something else all together, especially when the label comes from a popular TV Series of the same name – considered sexist, racist and elitist. It is also said to “cast a retro glow on women at home and in the workplace” (Alessandra Stanley, New York Times). She added:
“Desperate Housewives” is entertaining, but it turns the clock back to pre-Betty Friedan America, lampooning four bored, frustrated, white upper-middle-class ladies who lunch.
And I so agree with Alessandra.
Ooi recently dedicated five (5) blog posts to these so called ‘frustrated’ housewives, though many of them are not housewives. By labelling them all as ‘housewives’, he gives the impression (no matter how well intended his blog posts are) that housewives are creatures who can’t be trusted with finances, especially when he was referring to the theme of the said TV Series.
I wonder who’s more desperate now?
I thought we had taught those BN sexist MPs a lesson during the last General Elections, dubbed “The TSUNAMI”, when we kicked ass many of them out of Parliament. But alas, new ones are being born everyday.
Male chauvinism does not have an end in sight, as long as men are still alive, it seems. Men like these give other (nice and sweet) men that I know (you know who you are) a VERY bad name.
Why is it that when men discuss women, they often start by labelling them in a negative light? Making degrading remarks about housewives by calling them ‘desperate’ is NOT funny at all. Housewives, as all of us know, contribute a lot to the country’s workforce by not being paid (are they to be discriminated over and over again?)
Such label also divert the focus of the matter from the real issue at stake (it is happening now): alleged misappropriation of funds, which we all appreciate YB Jeff Ooi for highlighting recently. I agree with him that the core issue is whether Ms. Chui or the other members of PBT are still valid members since the former’s husband, ex-Penang CM Koh Tsu Koon was defeated on the March 8 elections.
I agree that the Registrar of Societies and the Anti Corruption Agency has yet to investigate the transfer of funds, amounting to RM350,000 to an elite organisation BAKTI, based in Kuala Lumpur – and whether any improprity had occurred therein. If the answer is “Yes”, the said money should be IMMEDIATELY returned to Penang.
Ooi actually gave them a chance to hit back and divert the issue at stake by allowing them a chance to lament that they felt insulted by the label “Desperate Housewives”, and can we blame them?
It seems the saga continues as those ‘Desperate Housewives’ are now seeking a public debate with Penang CM Lim Guan Eng and his chief of staff YB Jeff Ooi – a delay tactic instead of asking for a speedy investigation into their case. But I must say that I admire their galls.
Now that they have declined the invitation, people will also say that both these gentlemen have NO BALLS (pardon my sexists remark) to face those ‘Desperate Housewives’!