‘Heed speaker’s suggestion to field more women candidates’


TAWAU: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia’s suggestion that political parties in the country field more women candidates in the 14th general election (GE14) should open the eyes of all party leaders, including from the opposition.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Azizah Mohd Dun hoped that the Umno top leadership would consider the suggestion and give more women the opportunity to be elected representatives.

“Each day (during the parliamentary sittings), the speaker sees how the women (MPs) pose questions and debate on matters, proving that the women do their work diligently.

“This suggestion (by Pandikar Amin) is historic and recognises the capability of women candidates,” Azizah told reporters after officiating at the Tawau women “selawat” group gathering here today.

Azizah, who is also Wanita Umno vice-chief, said the Dewan Rakyat speaker’s recognition of women was timely as there were many potential women candidates nationwide who were quite promising and highly educated.

“We have many women who can do good work and are ‘winnable’ candidates.

“I hope the recognition by the speaker will be translated into opportunities for women with the capability to be candidates in the general election,” she said.