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MALAYSIA

Wives’ group draws ire

A group urging wives to avoid marital problems by fulfilling their husbands’ sexual desires like prostitutes has angered politicians and women’s rights groups, the New Straits Times reported yesterday. The Obedient Wives Club, which was set up by a group of Muslim women, said domestic violence, infidelity and prostitution stemmed from a lack of belief in God and a failure of women to satisfy their husbands. The club’s president, Rohaya Mohamed, said it was open to women of all religions and would conduct seminars on how to be a good wife as well as offer marriage counseling. “A man married to a woman who is as good or better than a prostitute in bed has no reason to stray. Rather than allowing him to sin, a woman must do all she can to ensure his desires are met,” Rohaya said.

MALAYSIA

Prostitution raid slammed

Lawyers, politicians and activists lambasted the police on Saturday for chaining up and marking the bodies of 30 foreign women detained for alleged prostitution. Police raided a high-end nightclub in northern Penang State late on Thursday and arrested 29 women from China and one from Vietnam, along with eight Malaysian men. Local media reported police officers went undercover at the club for a week before the raid. The raid triggered an outcry after newspapers carried photographs of the women bound up with a long chain and marked with either a tick or an X on their chest and forehead. “The police branded the detained women as though they are cattle,” opposition lawmaker Teresa Kok said in a statement. “It is sickening that the police would employ such dehumanizing tactics as a show of power and moral superiority over their detainees.” Police said the markings served as a way to identify the women. Police also said they had received numerous complaints from the wives of men who had patronized the club.

JAPAN

Kan may resign in August

Embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan will be ready to step down in August, his coalition partner said yesterday. Last week, Kan survived an opposition no-confidence motion that some members of his own Democratic Party of Japan had threatened to support, after appeasing his enemies by promising to relinquish power, but without specifying a date. Kan later hinted he wanted to stay until next year, angering opponents. “His real thought is to get his work done by the end of August,” said Shizuka Kamei, leader of the People’s New Party. “That was the idea shared when I met him,” he told TV Asahi yesterday. The government is expected to submit its second extra budget to parliament in August, aimed at funding the reconstruction effort after the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster.

VIETNAM

Defense capacity boosted

The country said yesterday it was buying six Kilo class diesel-powered submarines from Russia for self-defense. “We regard this as a normal activity for the People’s Army of Vietnam,” Minister of Defense General Phung Quang Thanh told the Shangri-La Security Meeting in Singapore. “That is to defend [the country] and take part in national construction. Vietnam’s policy is completely for self-defense and we would never compromise any other country’s sovereignty, but we must deter anyone who tries to compromise Vietnam’s sovereignty.” The submarine deal, signed in 2009, is worth US$3.2 billion, according to Russian media.

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