FIVE years after the policy to have at least 30% women in decision-making roles was introduced, public listed companies are still lagging behind this target.
Until the end of 2016, only 12.4% of top corporate sector decision-makers are women.
Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie said government agencies, on the other hand, had exceeded this target, with 35.8% of women holding top positions.
“We find that many companies in the private sector continue to fall short of this policy even though the five-year mark set to achieve this target had passed.
“Many of them told us that they are unable to find the right candidate, but this is just an excuse,” she said.
The policy to reduce gender imbalance and recognise women’s contributions, especially in public listed companies, was introduced in 2011 under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
With this in mind, Heng urged all women to join the workforce because without them, this target would never be achieved.
“If you choose to remain at home and not work, how are we going to realise this policy together?
“Women play an important role in contributing to the country’s development. Without you, it would be more difficult for all of us to benefit from the Government’s plans to build a better country,” she said.
Heng was speaking at the International Women’s Day celebration organised by Gopeng MIC and Gopeng Wanita MIC divisions at Persatuan Penganut Agama Tao Khoon Chong Kinta Perak in Gunung Rapat, Ipoh.
For the first time in her political career, Heng donned a colourful Indian saree to pay tribute and honour the women of the Indian community who attended the celebration.
Also present was Gopeng MCA division chairman Albert Chang, vice-chairman Alex Chan and Gopeng MIC division chairman T. Subramaniam.