Vice Squad
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Malaysian Madness

Concerned about an upsurge in prostitution? Have you considered whipping the customers of prostitutes? No? Well, neither has the government of Malaysia. But whipping the prostitutes, now there's a policy worth considering: "Malaysian lawmakers have called for foreign prostitutes to be whipped as a deterrent to others considering coming here to work in the sex industry, a report said on Tuesday." Even Lear, in his madness, could see through that one:

Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand!
Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own back;
Thou [Thy blood] hotly lust'st to use her in that kind
For which thou whipp'st her.

The Malaysian parliamentarian -- this learned Theban, this noble philosopher -- asks, logically enough, 'If we can impose whipping for drug addicts, why can't we do the same for prostitutes'?

Though flaying isn't bad enough and hanging would be fair, at least for those druggies, it seems. Four students, it is alleged, were found in possession of less than $2000 worth of marijuana. "The students face death by hanging under Malaysia's harsh anti-drug laws if found guilty."

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