PUTRAJAYA: Efforts to increase the number of Malaysian women in the workforce and in business may have shown great progress but must not stop, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said 32.3% of the top positions in the public service were held by women while only 16% of women were on the board of directors among public companies in 2014.
Malaysia’s female labour-force participation was at 53.6% in 2014 against 46.8 in 2010, he said when opening the Women Talentship 2016 seminar here yesterday.
Dr Wee said Malaysia was able to break through the tradition of male-dominated roles due to the Government’s emphasis on merit and performance.
He said there was no reason why men and women cannot be equal in leadership positions, adding that any post must be won on merit and not just to fulfil a certain quota.
Dr Wee said the Secretariat for the Advancement of Malaysian Entrepreneurship (SAME) was always ready to help entrepreneurs seeking business information.
“Under our RM100mil Chinese SME Fund, we are actively looking to benefit women entrepreneurs who need funds for expansion or to ease operating cash flow. So far, 49 women have received RM9.8mil of the fund,” he said.