KUALA LUMPUR: A Sarawak party leader, Nancy Shukri, has proposed deductions from the salaries of heads of families in order to provide an emolument to family members, especially women, who look after their households.
Nancy, who is vice-chief of Wanita PBB, said the salary deduction was a way of recognising unpaid work and was aimed at empowering women.
“Many who manage their homes, including husbands and parents, are not being paid but they are looking after the family.
“If possible, we can recognise this unpaid work and perhaps ask the permission of the children or breadwinners of the family to deduct a small sum from their salaries,” she said in a speech at the convention of the unity government coalition held today.
Nancy, who is women, family and community development minister in Anwar Ibrahim’s government, also said suitable jobs need to be created for women.
She called for strict enforcement of the policy to have women in 30% of decision-making positions in companies.