Women make good community leaders, too — Assistant Minister

Lee (front row, fourth from right) posing for a group photo with the 12 community leaders. Jee and Joha’anie (wearing tudung) are also in the picture.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Feb 25: Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin says women can be as good or better than their male counterparts as community leaders.

In Senadin constituency, for instance, he said the two female community leaders — Jee Kee Hiong (for Riam and Taman Tunku areas) and Joha’anie Wahab (for Kampung Riak Jaya and Jalan Airport) — had been discharging their duties well.

Speaking at the handing-over of appointment letters to 12 community leaders in Senadin today, Lee told those present that women make good leaders because they were raised to nurture and to take care of others.

“This is excellent quality. Traditionally, community affairs and administration have been the domain of men, but in today’s world, the scenario is changing as women can also deliver as well as their male counterpart.”

Lee pointed out that the state government had always encouraged more women to be appointed as community leaders.

On a related matter, Lee reiterated that community leaders served as a “bridge” between the people and the government.

“Be it village chiefs or local community leaders, you are our ears and eyes on the ground. Hence, you must always strive to create a strong and good rapport with the people.”

At today’s function, 12 letters were handed out, where two were for new appointments and the rest re-appointments. — DayakDaily