THE number of women councillors in Selangor has increased to 21.74% and the state government is confident of reaching the 30% target soon.
Local Government, New Village Development, Legalising of Factories committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said currently, 58 out of the 275 councillors in the 12 local councils in Selangor were women.
“Composition of women representation in the local councils depends on the various political parties,” Ean Yong said in reply to a question by Rodziah Ismail (PKR-Batu Tiga).
Ean Yong said the state government had decided in 2013 to have women making up 30% of its councillors and that it was on track in meeting the target.
Rodziah had commented that although the number of female councillors in Selangor had increased, the state government should work towards the 30% target.
“We must keep up the momentum to have more women in the local councils as we need to tap talents that can help the community.
“We have many high-calibred women and we want them to contribute at the local government level,” said Rodziah.
“The quota for women local councillors that have not been filled up must be kept until a suitable candidate is found. We must have a list of women who can articulate the needs and concerns of the local community, ” she added.
To another question posed by Datuk Amiruddin Setro (BN-Jeram), Ean Yong said the Selangor government did not have any policy or ruling prohibiting Muslims from selling, handling or working in convenience stores selling alcohol.
He said the state government, however, did not encourage Muslims to work at outlets that sold alcohol.
“We have no laws in Selangor that bar Muslims from working in convenience stores that sell alcohol or prohibiting them from selling or dealing with alcoholic drinks,” he said.
Earlier, Amiruddin said coming into contact with products containing alcohol was against Islamic teachings.
Ean Yong said Selangor practices a self-regulation approach in the sale and handling of such products, including the control of sale to underaged customers.
“On the aspect of issuing licences to sell alcohol, it is issued by the local authorities with the advice of the police, Customs Department and Health Department,” he said, adding that apart from the local councils keeping a watch on the licences, there was a special committee at the district levelthat decided on whether a business could be given approval to sell alcohol.