WANITA Umno cannot be strong if members are only given “pau skin” (dumpling skin) for “nutrition” and not the right “vitamins”, said a Wanita Umno delegate from Kelantan.
The party leadership should give the right “vitamins” by fielding at least 30% female candidates in the next general election, said Kota Baru Wanita chief Madihah Abd Aziz.
“If they want us to become the backbone, we must be given the right vitamins and food.
“How can we be strong if we are only given pau skin? We will not be ‘sado’ (muscular) if we are not taken care of properly,” she said to laughter from the delegates during debate.
Madihah said the current representation of women in both Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara was not enough and urged the party leadership to look into the matter.
She also urged the Government to review and amend Section (3) of the Communication and Multimedia Act by including elements of accountability and strictly vetting postings considered as seditious, insulting to religions and provocative.
Kedah representative Nazirah Rahim hit out at the G25 group of eminent Malays for their stand on certain issues involving Islam, saying that as intellectuals and highly experienced individuals, they should be defending the religion.
“They are clever people who held high positions in the Government. So, why are they making such a stand on the issue of khalwat?” said the Kulim Bandar Baru Wanita chief.
G25 spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin had said it was opposed to Syariah laws that intruded into people's private lives, such as khalwat laws.
Selangor delegate Dr Zahrah Abdul Majid said the authorities should make it easy for bumiputra enterprises, particularly those owned by female entrepreneurs, to obtain halal certification.
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