6. Ku Nan: A beautiful woman should wear shabby clothes to improve her public safety.
Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, or famously known as “Ku Nan”, was answering a Puteri UMNO member expressing concerns over public safety. She was concerned for her two daughters, and hoped that the government would improve public safety.
“It’s because you’re so beautiful. The next time you go out, wear more comot (shabby) clothes.”
The remark, seemingly made in jest, elicited a positive reaction from the crowd, including the woman who laughed at his remarks. Yes, it might have been a joke, but it also does perpetuate stereotypes and encourage victim blaming. Many are in support of removing such jokes from our conversations altogether, because they continue to put the blame of the crime on the victim (e.g. her dressing) instead of addressing the offender.