PETALING JAYA: Zaid Ibrahim has accused PAS of trying to simplify domestic abuse and its underlying causes.
The former minister was responding to Temerloh MP Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, who recently said those who drink alcohol excessively are likely to be more aggressive.
“There are a lot of abuse cases on women due to excessive alcohol,” Nasrudin said while debating the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017 at the Dewan Rakyat.
Zaid however, responded to this on Twitter, saying: “In Kelantan, no sale of alcohol to Malays; yet see how many cases of domestic violence. Does he know what he is talking about?”
Elaborating on his tweet, Zaid told FMT that his qualms were over PAS’ apparent attempts to pin domestic abuse down to one factor.
“The problem is that there are many factors which cause domestic violence,” he said.
“It’s typical of PAS to try to simplify things.”
He said these factors could include poverty and the lack of job opportunities.
He added that the lack of action taken against domestic abusers was something which needed serious consideration.
“At the moment, we don’t take serious action against those who commit domestic violence.
“We are lacking in terms of monitoring and enforcement of the law, and people are not prosecuted for this kind of thing.”