Govt to train pool of women to fill top posts in companies


  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Jul 2011

IPOH: The Government will soon start a training programme to create a pool of qualified women to fill the top 30% of decision-making positions in the private sector.

Women, Family and Community Development Ministry Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the ministry was working closely with government-linked companies (GLCs) to develop the pool.

“Training will start soon,” she said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters after launching the Perak Women Affairs campaign here, Shahrizat said the pool of women would be given ample exposure on how to helm companies.

“We don't want to give anyone the opportunity to ask where are the women who will helm the companies,” she said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced last month that the private sector had been given five years to ensure that women make up at least 30% of those in decision-making positions.

It is an extension of a similar ruling which was introduced for the public sector in 2004.

Shahrizat said that for a start, GLCs would be the first to implement the policy.

On claims by the Malaysian Employers Federation that the policy may hinder companies from taking in more qualified women beyond the 30% rule, Shahrizat said the policy was not to make it easier for women.

“I find it offensive when people think the policy is just to make it easier for women to get to the top as there are actually many qualified Malaysian women out there,” she said.

Research had also shown that with women on boards of directors, the organisations would record higher productivity, she added.

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