KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Pakatan Harapan targets 30% of the coalition’s general election candidates to be women, but admits it is a difficult goal to achieve.
“We are guided by the minimum 30%, but we realise there is some difficulty in reaching this number, so our realistic target is more female candidates this time compared to the last general election,” said Wanita DAP chairman Chong Eng at a press conference yesterday.
The Padang Lalang assemblywoman admitted that while there were capable women in their ranks who were ready to lead, many of them were unwilling to run for office.
Wanita Amanah chief Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, meanwhile, said that her party had also discussed higher female participation in the coming election, but stopped short of setting a target.
“I’m not sure how many female candidates we have, because we still don’t even know how many seats Amanah will contest.
“But definitely, we want to increase female participation. We are already discussing among us about additional seats (for women),” she added.
Wanita Pakatan Harapan also wants the minimum marriageable age to be raised to 18 years for all boys and girls in the country, regardless of their religion.
The Opposition group said this was needed to put an end to child marriages, which in many cases was a forced act, saying that it was also used to excuse incidents of child rape.