Seberang Perai’s first woman municipal council president does things differently


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  • Friday, 04 Mar 2016

MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif during the press conference at MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam yesterday. Photo: The Star

The day she was sworn in as president of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) in 2011, Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif was confronted with the mammoth challenge ahead of her - as the first female council president in the township’s 18-year history.

“After the swearing in ceremony, a reporter approached three people to gather their reactions on the appointment of a female council president. Two were women heads of departments who said they were happy to see a woman at the top. They were positive and said they were looking forward to the changes I would bring and that they would be behind me all the way. The third person was a male councillor... his response I will never forget. He said: ‘I don’t mind working with a lady just as long as she can do her job!’.

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