Gerakan Wanita rejects Pakatan statement regarding PM Najib Jayanthi Devi Balaguru wants stereotype to be dropped Press statement by Gerakan Wanita Secretary General Jayanthi Devi Balaguru

Gerakan Wanita Secretary General, Jayanthi Devi Balaguru rejects several Pakatan MPs statement that Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib is not suitable to lead the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry as its minister.

“This is clearly a stereotype mindset where the Women’s Ministry must be led by a woman. Why can’t a man be its minister if he possessed enough knowledge and capabilities? It is indeed ridiculous to allege that the Prime Minister has ‘zero knowledge’ on being a Women, Family and Community Development Minister. Wasn’t Dato’ Seri G. Palinivel, the current President of MIC once the Deputy Minister of this ministry too?  They too surely have mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters and daughters.”

She pointed out that the issues where the Prime Minister passed several highlighted issues on women’s rights to the Deputy Minister Heng Seng Kie is just a small matter and does not mean that the Prime Minister is clueless about issues of gender equality and women’s struggles whereas these issues may have needed to be looked into and it is common that every minister will be working concurrently with his deputy to make sure the issue is solved quickly instead of being dragged on.

Jayanthi, also KLFT Gerakan Wanita Chief said that if the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Minister has out-rightly rejected any of these issues, perhaps then these women MPs of DAP and PKR have failed to impress, challenge or highlight the importance of the issues they have raised?

“If we women on one hand challenge for a quota of 30% of the decision making level, and, on the other hand discriminate a man of being clueless to hold the post of Women, family and community development Minister, aren’t we then ourselves being discriminatory?”

 “I think that challenging women’s issues and struggles, protecting and defending the young, family and community development are closest to the women’s heart, thus we women must come together as sisters in the same cause and achieve our agenda instead of being petty and pointing fingers,” said Jayanthi.

Finally, she opined that the reason why several of Pakatan MPs raised this issue was because they were not doing enough in terms of highlighting and challenging for the sake and betterment of the Malaysian women community.




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