Gerakan Wanita welcomes the new Power to Women policy Ng Siew Lai urges all women to grab the opportunity and perform Press Statement by Gerakan Wanita Deputy Chief Datuk Ng Siew Lai

Gerakan Wanita Deputy Chief Datuk Ng Siew Lai today welcomes new policy which requires the private sector to have at least 30% representation of women as decision makers in the corporation.  Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced yesterday that the private sector is given 5 years to achieve the new requirement and the new policy is warmly greeted by various women organizations.

Datuk Ng said, “Thus far, there are only less than 10% of women representation at the decision making level in the private sector however, women’s progress in the government sector is much more significant accounting for almost 33%  decision making positions such as secretary general or head of departments.”

Datuk Ng said, “The purpose of setting such quota is to ensure that more women with high potentials and talents are given the opportunities to proceed to higher in the corporate ladder. However, I feel that a quota system should never be made a long term policy, at the moment, this policy is acceptable for the purpose of making cultural changes in the private sector.  In the long run, ladies should gain the position at decision making levels with their true capability and not rely on the quota.”

Datuk Ng who is also the Penang Gerakan Wanita Chief said, “We acknowledge that women faces greater obstacles and more problems in their career, not only do they need to juggle between work and family, they are also usually discriminated due to their gender.  It is very disheartening to note that usually, a male employee is favoured over a female employee of almost equal performance when it comes to promotion because companies take into consideration the setbacks of promoting a female staff who may be caught up by her family matters.  That is why, single ladies are more preferred than married women or mothers in the private sectors which is actually a form of gender discrimination. Nevertheless, now that the government has come up with such a policy to assist women to progress easier in their career, it is hoped that such culture will soon be eliminated.”

Datuk Ng urges all women to grab hold of this golden opportunity and strive to perform their best in their career.  In the modern society today, women’s role in the development of a nation cannot be underestimated, together, both men and women could work hand in hand and compliment each other for a better future for the country.

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