Women account for 28% of decision makers in Selangor govt, says exco member

SOME 41% out of all government officers and staffers based at the Selangor government administrative building in Shah Alam are women.

“Of that figure, 28% are female officers at decision-making level, ranked at grade 52 or above,” said Selangor public health, unity, women empowerment and family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (pic), adding that the data is as of early November 2021.

“The staff recruitment across all categories is based on department requirements and the candidates' competency,” she said at the Selangor state assembly.

She pointed out that women in senior leadership roles in the state or local government agencies at present include two district officers, one local authority chief as well as heads of departments at various state departments or agencies.

In answering a question by Jamaliah Jamaluddin (PH - Bandar Utama) on whether the state government planned to implement a 30% quota of female employees in Selangor government departments or agencies, Dr Siti Mariah said there is presently no such quota. On plans to improve the level of female leadership in the Selangor government, Dr Siti Mariah said: “This administration constantly evaluates and looks at the ability, performance and competence of an officer to hold high-level and important positions that involve policy and decision-making.

“If the individual is a high performer, has excellent leadership qualities and is a competent person, then that person is likely to be appointed to head a department or agency under the Selangor government’s administration, without any discrimination as to gender.”

To a supplementary question by Jamaliah on whether a quota should be considered in future, Dr Siti Mariah said such a system has yet to be discussed at the state level.

“Personally, I feel that our female officers have the ability to be leaders and have seen that those who were promoted were given the posts based on their abilities.

“Qualified women should be given more opportunities and I will continue to champion this matter,” said Dr Siti Mariah.

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