DCM I encourages fairer sex to take up more prominent roles

Zakiyuddin (dark shirt) having a light moment with the participants. With him is Penang Women’s Development Corporation CEO Ong Bee Leng (third left). — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

PENANG, the first state to implement the 30% requirement for women in village community management councils (MPKK) in 2017, should set new standards in promoting representation of women in other sectors.

Deputy Chief Minister l Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said increased representation would lead to voices of women to be heard and open up new avenues in support of their needs.

“Leadership abilities of women must be enhanced and MPKK is an important, strategic platform and starting point for women leaders if they want to get involved in politics at state level, ” said Zakiyuddin at the opening of the Women’s Leadership workshop at Usains in Bukit Jambul, Penang recently.

“To date, the membership of women in MPKK in Penang is 1,608 or 30.2%, which is the minimum requirement achieved and I urge more women to come forward and take on decision-making roles as chairperson or secretaries.

“We want a bigger talent pool with more women coming from the grassroots to become councillors, assemblymen and members of parliament, ” he said.

Zakiyuddin said the primary function of MPKK is to plan and implement transformation plans with the involvement of people in the vicinity and support government policies.

“I believe and have the confidence that the leaders at the workshop today will contribute positively to bring changes towards a progressive and united front for the betterment of women.

“Be sensitive to the needs of the society, be aware of the areas you work in, and know your colleagues well for a good and effective working environment.

“Plan your strategies with other agencies such as the local residents associations, Rukun Tetangga and non-governmental organisations and ensure all of the plans include targeted groups such as single mothers, teenagers, parents, seniors citizens, OKUs and the people in general, ” he said.

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