Consumerist: ‘No Woman No Drive Hits New Heights Virally! Saudi Women Protesting Driving Ban Gets Support Internationally But That News Spanned Differently In Malaysia?

Dato Jacob George

‘But what caught my eye was the brilliant manner certain vernacular media spanned and distorted the thrust of that story here in Malaysia!’

Consumerist: ‘No Woman No Drive Hits New Heights Virally! Saudi Women Protesting Driving Ban Gets Support Internationally But That News Spanned Differently In Malaysia?

Saudi women are demanding the right to drive and a campaign is effectively on despite government warnings and a heavy police presence thwarted their call for many women to get behind the wheel.

The activists say that no specific law in Saudi Arabia bans women from driving, although women cannot apply for driving licenses. Government officials say a ban is in effect because it accords with the wishes of society in the conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia is the only country to bar women from driving. It also forbids them from traveling abroad, opening a bank account or working without permission from a male relative.

King Abdullah has pushed some cautious reforms to give women more employment opportunities and a greater public voice but has often faced resistance from senior clergy caught in their own time warp!

Strange that they took this utter hypocrisy to new heights when some ultra-conservative clerics staged a protest outside the royal court against the campaign for women to drive.

But what caught my eye was the brilliant manner certain vernacular media spanned and distorted the thrust of that story here in Malaysia!

Meanwhile a great song goes viral supporting the women’s cause!

A Saudi video mocking the kingdom’s unique ban on female driving has gone viral, featuring a male performer singing “no woman, no drive”, an adaptation of Bob Marley’s famous song.

Nearly 3.5 million people had seen the 4:15-minute video by Monday, two days after the adaptation of the reggae legend’s “no woman, no cry” had been posted on YouTube bring great cheer!

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