Malaysia might not be well known for its athletes, but one Malaysian national bowler is making headlines all over for the wrong reasons.
This is Noor Afizal Azizan, a 21-year-old national bowler who represented Negri Sembilan between 2004 and 2010 and represented Malaysia in the National Youth Category for five years from 2004-2008.
He also recently won an appeal against the High Court decision to sentence him to five years' jail for committing statutory rape three years ago at a hotel in Malacca when he was 18, while the victim at that time was only 13.
Instead of jail, Noor Afizal was given an order which bound him over for good
behaviour for five years, which carries a RM25,000 fine if breached. During the verdict, the judge said he agreed with Noor's counsel that sending him to jail would not serve "public interest" especially "when he had a bright future". We're pretty sure the Malaysian public wouldn't give a damn if this guy got sent to jail.
So basically, having a slightly higher than average ability of striking pins is considered more important than punishing someone for breaking the law. While the defense was that the act was 'consensual', we doubt a teenager would even know what that means. And at age 16, she would still be considered a minor today. Did the judges even consider what her future would be like after all this?