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'Women sidelined in new Harapan gov't, despite campaign promises'

Beh Lih Yi, Thomson Reuters Foundation  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The new government is failing to ensure women hold a third of its policy-making positions, despite pledges during the campaign leading up to historic elections this month, campaigners said today.

An opposition alliance led by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad scored a shock victory at the May 9 polls, heralding the first change of government since the country gained independence from Britain in 1957.

Campaigning on a platform for change, the Pakatan Harapan promised a wide range of reforms, including ensuring at least 30 percent of policymakers are women...

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