Special committee on women’s affairs is vital

THE Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) urges the House Committee to endorse the establishment of the Special Select Parliamentary Committee on Women’s Affairs, Children and Social Development.

An article in The Star yesterday (online bit.ly/star_affairs) reported that only eight Select Committees will be formed that, if passed, will take effect this November, whereas the Select Committee on Women’s Affairs, Children and Social Development is still up for consideration.

We see this as a regressive step away from ensuring that the rights and dignity of women are protected and realised.

Malaysia is struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic and, while it is taking a toll on the overall economy, women are among the more vulnerable groups that are affected in many ways – economically, socially and in terms of their personal security and well-being.

Hence, the establishment of this Select Committee is not only necessary in securing the rights and well-being of women in Malaysia but also to prove that the Malaysian government is totally committed to improving and upholding the rights of women through legislation and a

change in the system.

The establishment of a committee that focuses on women, children and family should be given priority, and we affirm that this portfolio must be preserved.

We have also been informed that Alice Lau Kiong Yieng (Lanang Member of Parliament) has proposed the establishment of this Select Committee and that this has been endorsed by the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.

Thus, we call upon the House Committee that comprises six MPs, namely Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (Masjid Tanah), Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim (Arau), Abdul Latif Abdul Rahman (Kuala Krai), Datuk Seri Tiong King Song (Bintulu), Datuk Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli (Lumut) and Lau to confirm that they will push for the establishment of the Special Select Committee on Women’s Affairs, Children and Social Development.


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