statement that there is no need for a women's rights movement in Malaysia, shows that he is out of touch with the plight of the fairer sex.Wanita Pakatan Rakyat leaders today said that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, PKR's Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin (left)
said that Najib's speech at the National Women's Day celebration
yesterday showed he did not realise how poorly Malaysia fares in the
Global Gender Gap index.
"He failed to differentiate between the
right to vote and national participation. We are at a point where we
want to empower and mainstream women.
"And yet, the empowerment
process is poor and this is proven in the Global Gender Index Gap 2011,"
Zuraida, who is also PKR Wanita chief, said.
Malaysia is placed
97th in a list of 135 countries, far behind its regional neighbours like
the Philippines in 8th place, Brunei in 76th, Thailand in 60th and
Singapore in 57th.
‘Appoint NGO leader as women’s minister’
said that Najib, who is also women, family and community minister, was
certainly “wrongly advised” by the women leaders in BN and had
“humiliated” Malaysian women through his speech.
appointment as women, family and community minister is a mistake and if
there are no other BN leaders to take up the post, we suggest NGO
leaders like Dr Cecelia Ng (Penita Intitiative), Rabiah Omar (former
Awam CEO) and Ivy Josiah (Women’s Aid Organisation CEO),” she said.
PAS’ Kota Raja MP Siti Mariah Mahmud (left), meanwhile, said that the PM had confused “acknowledgement” with “implementation”.
in Islam, women were given rights 1,433 years ago but still we are
fighting for the implementation. It is not enough to just put it on
paper,” she said.
PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said added
that there was a “fundamental bias” in Najib’s speech, particularly when
he said that women were so advanced in Malaysia that men have become an
DAP’s Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng added
that women’s issues have been raised many times in Parliament and it is
hoped that Najib will address it in the committee stage of the budget
Meanwhile, PAS’ Rantau Panjang MP Zailah Yusof said that
Najib’s “failure to understand women’s needs” is exemplified in the
Budget, with only RM48.7 million allocated for development expenditure
for the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
has to be divided between 14 states and then shared with the Welfare
Department, etc,” she said, of the allocation which plunged from RM157
million in 2011.
The total budget for the Women, Family and
Community Development Ministry is RM1.85 billion, with women’s
development allocated RM26 million.
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