Period excuse against woman MB 'absurd' - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Period excuse against woman MB 'absurd'

Tan Keng Liang has rubbished the claim by an Umno lawyer that a woman cannot become menteri besar because of her menses, saying such statements open Malaysia to global ridicule.

 The Gerakan Youth chief said the only reason no woman has ever been appointed Selangor menteri besar is simply because none has been proposed to the sultan for consideration.

“It would be absurd if a woman is prohibited from becoming menteri besar simply because she has her period.

“We urge all parties not to simply create a faux convention, which may make our country an international laughing stock,” Tan said in a statement today.

Tan clarifies: I'm not backing Wan Azizah

 However, Tan later, Tan tweeted a clarification.

 "For the record, I'm not supporting Azizah as Selangor MB. I'm only against the way her opponents are using 'period' to sideline her. Scumbag politics," he wrote on @tankengliang.

 Meanwhile, two DAP women leaders quickly weighed in on Wan Azizah's side.

 DAP vice-chairperson Teresa Kok called Mohd Hafarizam Harun's comment "most laughable, ridiculous and sexist".

Kok said: "If a woman menteri besar cannot accompany the sultan on religious functions due to menstrual problems, she can always delegate the responsibility and role to an exco member who is in charge of Islamic affairs," Kok suggested in a press statement.

 She noted that Wan Azizah can qualify as menteri besar if she fulfils four critieria - being a state assemblyperson, commanding the majority support from the state assembly, is a Malay and a Muslim.

 Dyana Sofya, the political secretary to Lim Kit Siang, said such statements were just typical of Umno members.

 "This is unsurprising when even the Umno Wanita chief belittled my candidacy during the Teluk Intan by-election.

"It is precisely this sort of negative attitude by those in power that has constantly robbed women of opportunities to lead in this nation.

 "Only a person with a caveman's mentality can deny women the opportunity," Dyana said.

 She noted that there were plenty of examples of successful women leading their nations.

 In the recent world cup finals in Rio de Janeiro, for example, Germany's Angela Merkel sat with Argentina's Christina Fernandez de Kirshner to cheer on their respective teams.

 In the Muslim world, Pakistan had Benazir Bhutto and Bangladesh had Begum Khaleda Zia as prime ministers.

 "If the people of Pakistan and Bangladesh had leaders with the same mental capacity of Hafarizam, these remarkable women would never have been allowed to rise to their eminent positions," Dyana added.






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