SRI AMAN, Oct 22: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing wants to persuade the party leadership to give at least one women leader a chance be to the first female Dayak MP by fielding her in the upcoming general election.
His rationale is that currently, women are already better educated than men and it would be even more so one or two decades down the road.
He also holds the view that the PRS women deserve a place because they have been supportive of the male leaders and that PRS men and women should work side by side together.
Citing the readiness of the women’s wing to take up the challenges of organising its 13th Anniversary Dinner, Masing who is Deputy Chief Minister did his best to persuade the men in the party to allow a female candidate to be fielded in PRS parliamentary seats.
“Tonight’s anniversary dinner, ladies and gentlemen, is organised and arranged by the female members of PRS.
“When I asked Dato Sri Doris Brodie to organise this dinner, she answered without hesitation ‘yes’! And when I suggested that PRS should have lady ‘calon’ (candidate) , the men said ‘no’.
“Are we the male members of PRS assuming that women are less capable then men? Are our female members here to be used only to strengthen PRS so that men can continue to rule and women continue to be exploited?
“No. We must continue to work side by side with our female members, and give them the chance to be YB (elected representatives) in PRS,” said Masing at the party’s 13th Anniversary Dinner held at a local hotel here tonight.
He said the women wing’s had approached him with a list of six possible candidates for all six parliamentary seats under PRS and he believed women did have a place.
“They were not joking. Today we have women comprising 60 per cent of those in tertiary institutions, and in the next 10 to 20 years, the women will govern this country, simply by them being more educated than us.
“I, therefore, suggest to my male colleagues that while the going is still good for us men in this country, we allow female candidates to stand in our MP ‘kawasan’ (areas)!”
He said that PRS had broken with tradition in Dayak society by nominating Doris as the first Dayak/Iban deputy speaker of Dewan Negara, Malaysia.
“There is no reason why we cannot continue to break this tradition by nominating, at least, a woman candidate in the coming PRU14 (14th General Election).
“If this happens, we will be the first political party in Sarawak to give our Dayak ladies a chance to be an elected representative and administer this country.
“It is, ladies and gentlemen, my wish that before I retire, that we will have the first Dayak lady MP to grace the Lower House in Putrajaya after PRU14. PM (Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) wants it and we will make it happen for him,” said Masing. — DayakDaily