Sunday, April 8, 2012
Shahrizat: Najib best man for women's ministry
Outgoing Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil today shot down claims that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s decision to fill her position as acting minister was a regressive move for women’s representation in government.
Her portfolio, Shahrizat explained, was not exclusively for women as it dealt with social development in general.
“You must remember that the ministry is for social development. We deal with women, families, disabled people, welfare and social issues and the elderly, so it is all-encompassing,” she said when approached at the Federal Territories Mosque in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
Shahrizat (photo, in white tudung), who will cease to be a cabinet minister tomorrow after her senatorship expires, stressed that a man serving as an acting minister for her portfolio will not affect women’s representation in the government.
“You must remember that under the BN government, women’s achievements have been something to be proud of,” she said.
Shahrizat added that at present, women’s representation in the public sector has not only increased at the grassroots but also at the topmost levels.
She said her ministry is in “the best of hands” under Najib and this was the “best gift” for her ministry’s workers.
Asked if there were no other credible women leader to helm the ministry, she replied: “I think the prime minister would have thought long and deep about it and he has made the best choice.”
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