The MP made the comments yesterday during a debate on amendments to domestic violence legislation.
A Malaysian MP has claimed women who "refuse" to have sex with their husbands are guilty of “emotional and psychological abuse".
"Even though men are said to be physically stronger than women, there are cases where wives hurt or abuse their husbands in an extreme manner," he told parliament.
"Usually, it involves wives cursing their husbands. They insult their husbands and refuse his sexual needs.
Marina Mahathir, a prominent women's rights activist, said the lawmaker's view was 'based on ignorance'.'Women have a right to say no to sex - this is an old notion that when you marry a women you own her body,' she told AFP. It is ridiculous to say men are abused if women say no to sex.'The lawmaker from Terengganu state in Malaysia's Muslim heartland, also said that denying a Muslim man the chance to marry a second wife amounted to abuse.
It is legal for Muslim men in Malaysia to have many as four wives.
More than 60 percent of Malaysia's population of over 30 million are Muslim.
Malaysian politicians are in the process of reviewing the country's domestic violence laws, which activists hope will offer better protection to women.
Mr Zulkifly, an MP for the ruling right-wing Barisan Nasional party, said men "suffered emotional rather than physical abuse".
Marina Mahathir, a Malaysian political campaigner and women's rights activists, said she was "astounded" by the MP's comments.
To kick this Malaysian Cupid review off right and keep it completely honest I’m going to suggest staying far away from Malaysia for women in general.