Dulu sebelum Islam berjaya di Tanah Arab, kaum perempuan ada yang jadi
konglomerat, ada yang jadi Ratu, dan bahkan ikut berperang dengan menunggang
onta serta kuda.
Kok kini mereka malah tidak diperbolehkan menyetir mobil dan larangan-larangan
lain yang mengekang kaum wanita Arab?
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Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 7:21 AM
Subject: [mediacare] The good Saudi woman and the car
Saturday 26 July 2008 (22 Rajab 1429
The good Saudi woman and the car
Jaheerah Bint Abdullah Al-Masaad | Al-Watan -
A young Saudi girl drove her brother's car and was caught in the
act. Notice, I have not made any reference to a "crime." Necessary action was
taken against her. What was the necessary action in this case? This involved
interrogating the "wrongdoer."
Notice again I have not made any reference to a "criminal." Her
guardian was summoned and was made to pledge that she would not repeat this
"act." She was set free and went home.
This news item, which was recently published in some newspapers,
was not the first of its kind. Similar news items have been published,
indicating there is an increase in the number of cases of women driving cars.
So this story will not be the last.
The issue of women driving is not the most important issue in
Saudi society, nor is it Saudi women's only cause, but it was brought to the
forefront by the way it has been projected in the press.
In an interview published in one of the local dailies, the
official in charge of traffic regulations said the police are only authorized
to detain women drivers and prevent them from driving.
He added that the traffic police are not tasked with permitting
or legalizing women driving, and that it is neither an executive organ nor a
His last sentence is right. However, the notion that the issue of
women driving in Saudi Arabia is a social issue puts the traffic police in an
unenviable position. How can a woman driving her guardian be arrested and then
the same guardian, who is supposed to prevent her from doing so, be summoned to
bail her out?
Therefore, I hope the new traffic system will be keen to gain
people's respect and be transparent in dealing with the public. It would be
appreciated if a traffic police spokesman would take the initiative to clarify
such incidents instead of leaving it to newspapers to publish them with all the
journalistic sensationalism and suspense.
It would also be appreciated if the traffic police would follow
the steps of the Interior Ministry, which issues press statements through its
official spokesman on all cases and issues.
It would be good for the Traffic Department to deal with the
public as a partner who understands and appreciates and not just as a news
Women who are enthusiastic to drive should at the present moment
observe the general interest rather than give in to the joy of driving. The
repeated attempts, which have all failed, would not bring any good. Rather,
they are just like pebbles thrown in a pond that create ripples and fade. They
may do more harm than good. It is prudent not to lose your case if you cannot
defend it. Do not bang your head against the wall, but rather search for a safe
passage, even if it takes longer.
There is a big difference between courage and recklessness. There
is also a big difference between boldness and imprudence. There is no doubt a
huge difference between citizenship and bargaining. We pray to Almighty Allah
to be good citizens