KUCHING: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy wants more women to take up the challenge in, as well as to be given equal opportunities, to enter more decision-making roles, and to participate in politics.
“At the same time, let us continue to empower women and girls in Malaysia to seek out their true potentials and continue to do the great and inspiring things,” she said in her Sarawak and National Women’s Day which falls tomorrow.
“But millions of women around the world are still struggling against discrimination, harassment and injustices which govern their daily lives,” Nancy said.
In Malaysia, she said females make up nearly half of our Malaysian population, therefore, it comes as no surprise that our country is home to some truly incredible women.
“Among the most notable names are our squash superstar, Datuk Nicol David and legendary filmmaker, the late Yasmin Ahmad and co-founder of Tenaganita the late Irene Fernandez, who have achieved much despite the additional hurdles and limitations set upon us,” she said.
Nancy said other women who have made their names are Malaysian astrophysicist Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman, who was appointed as the director to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and Sarawak-born diver Pandelela Rinong, who won a medal at the Olympics in 2012.
“Another noteworthy name is Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, a philanthropist who is well known for her charitable and voluntary work, and the wife of the late chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem,” she added.
On her part, Nancy said she entered politics due to the influence of the strong-willed women the Tun Dr Fatimah Hashim, the first Malaysian female minister, and the late Tan Sri Dr Devaki Krishnan, the first Malaysian woman to win in a general election.
In conjunction with the National Women’s Day, various governmental agencies such as the National Registration Department, Immigration Department, Road Transport Department, will open special lanes exclusively for women between August 25 to September 8. – dayakdaily.com