Sarawak needs more women at the policy-making level in line with the increase in the number of women pursuing tertiary education, Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Fatimah Abdullah said.
She said from the 27 per cent increase in the number of women in the policy-making group in 2009, only nine per cent were in the top management level.
“The participation of women in policy making is vital to have a fair judgment and unbiased decision.
“We can see that between 60 and 70 per cent of the university students now are females,” she told reporters after adjourning the seminar on gender equality in conjunction with the International Women’s Day celebration at Wisma Bapa Malaysia.
She said pre- and post-independence involvement of women in Sarawak in vital fields like politics was undeniable and they had played significant roles not only for the development of a family institution, but also for political, economic and social development.
Meanwhile, when asked about the meeting between Chief Minister Abdul?Taib Mahmud and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) yesterday, Fatimah, who is also PBB Wanita deputy chief, said:? “It’s a closed-door meeting, so I cannot reveal anything, but it concerned the state election.”
Apart from Fatimah, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, who is also PBB Deputy President I, Special Adviser to the Chief Minister’s Office Adenan Satem (PBB Information Chief), State Planning and Resource Management Minister II Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan (Senior Vice-President I), State Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Michael Manyin?(Vice-President), Federal Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Douglas Uggah Embas (Senior Vice-President II) and Federal Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Fadilah Yusof (Youth Chief) were at the meeting.