Former Senate Deputy President joins calls for Sarawak to push for more senators

Dato Sri Doris Sophia Brodie

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KUCHING:Former Dewan Negara Deputy President Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie, echos Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Prof Dr Sim Hui Kian call for the state government to consider more Sarawak senators in the Dewan Negara (senate).

Currently, there are only two senators, elected by the state legislative assembly, in the senate – Zaiedi Suhail and Lihan Jok, both from Parti Pesaka Buniputera Bersatu (PBB).

“On top of the two elected Senator, Sarawak should consider seeking for more Senators to be appointed,” she said.

“We used to have more but now only three. This is not good. Three out of total of 70 members is indeed a small number,” Brodie, whose tenure as an an appointed senator ended in May last year, said today.

“Comparatively, to have only three Senators from Sarawak now, doesn’t seem proportionate especially when many other states have more.”

Brodie, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) women chief also said Sarawak should also consider recommending women to be appointed since the number of women in the Senate are less than 30%.

“We have many Sarawakian women that have rendered distinguished public service or have achieved distinction in various fields in the State and these people, in my opinion, deserved to be acknowledged for their contributions.

“They are not only credible but are qualified and deserving of such appointments.”

The last woman from Sarawak to be elected as Senator was Dayang Madinah Abang Openg, a sister of Chief Minister Dantuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Her tenure ended in July last year.

Brodie said as Senators are entitled to give grants and considering that Sarawakians are in more needy state as compared to those in West Malaysia hence if we have more Senators appointed from Sarawak, they can at least assist those in needs here with their grants accordingly. –