Annuar Musa said the reporter who asked the question misinterpreted his response.
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Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa has reiterated that he takes sexual harassment seriously.
He said on Facebook that the issue is not trivial and it’s a serious criminal offense after the backlash on a report from Utusan which allegedly suggests that the Minister would rather sweep it under the rug rather than talk about it.
I received a Whatsapp Message from a Utusan reporter to interview me. The interviewer suggested sexual harassment in the country’s art industry as the topic of discussion but I suggested that the interview to discuss on my main focus at the moment which was the development of the industry to help the country’s art activists.Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa
He said that unfortunately, what came out on the report is actually the reporter’s interpretation which did not reflect his stance on the matter.
This issue will not be resolved by weakening any party, instead, it requires the mobilization of energy from both the media and the authorities and those involved. I have informed this to the police. I believe the authorities will act in accordance with the law.Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa
Report allegedly claims that Annuar doesn’t want to talk about sexual harassment
A report from Utusan surfaced recently saying that the Minister suggested to not magnify isolated sexual harassment cases but instead focus on the positive things.
Based on reports from Malay Mail, he allegedly gave the response when asked to comment after the issue was brought to light recently.
This drew criticism from those working in the industry, with Sharifah Amani saying that the Ministry shouldn’t shy away from talking about it to address the problems.
Just from a few Clubhouse & Spaces sessions we have heard so many disturbing stories. These are from the ones yg sudi kongsi. What about the ones yg still struggling in silence?— Sharifah Amani 🇲🇾 (@sharifahamani) November 21, 2021
We have to address the issue & fix the problem. Kita kena protect our people https://t.co/pfDZzv13D8
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