State looking for women talents

Chong Eng.

THE Penang government is committed in ensuring more women are involved at the decision-making and policy formulation level.

Penang social development and non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng said the gender inclusiveness policy that was adopted in March 2019 by the state government was aimed at achieving gender balance at every level of an organisation.

“In October 2020, the state government implemented the minimum requirement of 30% of women to hold positions such as city councillors and board members of state government-linked companies (GLCs).

“I was tasked by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow to achieve this goal, ” she said in a statement.

Chong Eng, who is also Padang Lalang assemblyman, said she would like to call upon all women talents from Penang who are interested in contributing their expertise to the state to come forward to help achieve the minimum target of 30% in decision-making.

She said that 30% was the minimum critical number to ensure effective gender perspective representation.

Chong Eng said the women would not be chosen just to fill the quota but must be experts who can contribute their diverse

perspectives to the companies to ensure holistic decisions for the benefit of the state and its people.

She said Penang was moving towards being an inclusive state and this would not be achieved without diversity.

“Currently, there are 28 state GLCs which are looking for female candidates and experts from many areas such as environmental science, forestry, cultural and heritage restoration, civil and structural engineering, town planning, IT, infrastructure and sport.

“I hope more female talents will come forward together to help shape a better future for Penang, ” she added.

Chong Eng said those women who are interested in contributing their expertise are welcome to submit their latest resume to

“These resumes will be vetted and suitable candidates with relevant experience and qualifications will be considered, ” she said.

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