Gender equality group is rooting for Wan Azizah as Selangor's first woman MB
PETALING JAYA: The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) has expressed support for Wan Azizah as a suitable candidate for the post of Menteri Besar of Selangor, as part of their general call for equal representation of women in public office.
In a statement, JAG said gender should not be a barrier to women taking up decision-making positions.
“Malaysia has one of the lowest percentages of women as elected representatives in the Asia Pacific region. It desperately needs more women as political leaders and decision-makers,” JAG stated.
They were also concerned that outdated and sexist stereotypes were used to argue the unsuitability of women, in particular Wan Azizah, in regards to the MB post in Selangor.
Drawing a comparison to the situation in Penang, JAG said, “When Lim Guan Eng became the Chief Minister of Penang in 2008, we heard fewer murmurs about his inexperience or the possibility that his father may be directing his decisions as the Chief Minister from behind the scenes.”
JAG said this was a double standard made worse by the Selangor crisis being ”poisoned by mud-slinging and unethical behaviour”.
JAG also hoped that should Wan Azizah become the MB, she would prioritise the “push for more progressive gender policies” to allow women to be more economically, socially and politically empowered.