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More Capable Women Needed In Politics - Johor MB

JOHOR BAHRU, Nov 19 -- Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin believes that more capable women are needed in top leadership positions at the political and government administrative levels.

He said currently their number was too small and, compared to other countries, Malaysian women had potentials to contribute to the nation's political dynamics.

"We do not want women to be present simply because they are women. We want to do the right thing and not just be politically correct.

"We do not want the situation where Malaysia, in the 21st century, is still concerned with the so-called quota that was created ostensibly for the sake of gender equality in politics. That's an old approach.  An outdated approach," he said when opening the Johor Women's Carnival 2017, here today.

Hence, he said it would be a disadvantage if the potential of women in politics was not fully utilised because the best talents, both men and women, are needed to navigate the country.

Earlier, in conjunction with the carnival, several awards were presented to women, including Johor’s Woman Icon Award (Special Award) which was conferred on Datin Paduka Hapipah Endot.

Hapipah, 71, a former general manager of Johor Islamic Corporation (PIJ), is diligently involved in community activities and has held important positions in the Malaysian Islamic Welfare Organisation (PERKIM) from 1991 to 2016.

"This award is a surprise to me. I have been involved in community activities before I retired. Although I am old, I am still active,” she told reporters after the award presentation.