KUALA LUMPUR: Women should be given "winnable seats" in the general election to increase their numbers in Parliament, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun (pic).
"Currently, we do not have any seats that are guaranteed for women. We want a fair playing field with the men and we also want to improve ourselves," she said after announcing the #beaXsuperwoman Xavier Mah Awards here Thursday.
She pointed out that when she was first nominated as a candidate, she was able to win the Petaling Jaya Utara seat, which was a difficult seat for Barisan to win.
"Women should have the courage to take up the challenge but at the same time, I do not agree with putting women only in difficult seats although some have proven they could win."
The MCA vice-president won the PJ Utara parliamentary seat in 1999 and 2004 but lost the seat in the 2008 polls.
Chew said that MCA was trying its best to place more women candidates.
"As a woman leader in the party, I will ask for it but the president will make the final decision," she said, adding that Wanita MCA was also lobbying for more women candidates to be fielded.
Asked whether the Ministry would check on the other students in the religious school where 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi was allegedly abused, Chew said that the Social Welfare Department will visit the place and intervene whenever there was an abuse case.
She said that while the police will be in charge, they will consult with the department but when it relates to children.
Mohamad Thaqif was allegedly abused at the religious school he attended in Kota Tinggi, Johor, and both his legs were amputated due to bacterial infection.
His arm was about to be amputated but he died before the operation on Wednesday, eight days after he was admitted to hospital.
Six Malaysian women were honoured as #beaXsuperwoman organised by Xavier Mah Consultancy, in conjunction with their 6th anniversary recently.
Coming from various backgrounds, the women have one thing in common - a deep-rooted desire to empower Malaysians to make a positive impact in the community.
Human rights activist Mary Shanti Dairiam was credited for drafting the Domestic Violence Act which was passed in Parliament in 1994.
Datuk M. Rajamani, also known as the Queen Of Tracks, is the first woman to win a gold medal in the Asian Games (1966) and awarded as the National Sportswoman of the Year Award in 1966 and 1967.
Datuk Faridah Merican is a well-known actor and director and co-founder Of KLPac, PenangPac and The Actors Studio.
Former Women's Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah is now secretary general of Proham.
The other two were Global Entrepreneurship Movement executive director Low Ngai Yuen and Siti Noor Radiah Ismail who won 2016 Paralympic Rio Games bronze medal and was Asian Paralympic Games T20 long jump record holder.