You Can Go to Jail for Body-Shaming In Malaysia

You Can Go to Jail for Body-Shaming In Malaysia

As of 2019, under Section 233 (1)(b) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, it has been deemed a crime to body-shame anyone and anyone who commits the crime may suffer from the punishment of a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum one-year jail term or both, plus RM1,000 for every day the offence is continued after conviction.
How does one know if they have committed this crime? Body-shaming can be manifested in various ways and not just directed comments. As shown in the picture above, people who are at the receiving end can suffer from stress and emotional disturbance, loss of self-esteem, depression, loss of appetite or even commit suicide. Yes, it is serious.
Aside from direct comments of appearance, it is also body-shaming when a person indirectly comments on another without their knowledge. In other words, talking behind one’s back. Both of these ways typically cause another way of manifestation which is someone criticising their own appearance, which is just as unhealthy.
Why do people do this to other people? Our society is too used to social constructs of what a person should look like or how a person should be. “ best forex broker malaysia can lose weight in 10 days!”, “the slimmer the better!” or “a person should be perfect and have perfect skin.” All these lines, though posed as positive, can be very harmful to one’s state of mind. It causes insecurity, overthinking, especially negative thoughts. And when one does not fit that social construct, they are terribly criticised by negative comments.
In this day and age that we live in, our society should be able to accept how everybody looks like, fat, slim, tall, short, dark-skinned or light-skinned. We are all the same, on the same level. And this brings us to discretion. If you must make a comment, think of is it kind or is it necessary. If not, then avoid making the comment and save one’s emotions.
There are so many ways someone can just help other people instead of judging them. First, you could help them with their self-confidence. Once someone feels better about themselves, they will feel the urge to make themselves feel better too. Not just emotionally but physically too. Plus, it’s understandable if someone does not have enough money to have a gym membership or keep their diet consistent. So you have two choices, earn money by investing, like with a legal forex broker in Malaysia or, try to work out at home and cook more balanced meals too which can save you a lot of money.
Anyway, isn’t it time we stop being so judgemental of each other and to ourselves? It’s already enough that we’re living in a pandemic, we do not need to add more negative things onto it and instead try to make ourselves feel better, both emotionally and physically. Support one another and lift each other up, boost your self-esteem and gain your confidence. As most people say, love yourself before you love others and treat people how you want to be treated.



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Zack Perez
Ini Goblog Politik