The Pakatan Harapan government has not reneged on its promise to ensure women are represented in at least 30 percent of decision making positions, Wanita Harapan chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said today.
While conceding that the government was unable to meet the 30 percent quota after Harapan's election victory, the minister said in a statement today said that the coalition's journey to empower women in decision making positions has just begun.
"Our commitment to have at least 30 percent women in all decision making positions is still a priority.
"Wanita Keadilan made this stand in 2008, and now with the full support of all women’s wings in Pakatan Harapan, we believe that one day we will be able to achieve this goal," she said in a statement.
Zuraida was responding to commentator Zan Azlee, who claimed that Wanita Harapan leaders seem like they have had their "tongues bitten off" since winning the election.
"It is true that we were not able to obtain 30 percent in state, Parliament and also ministerial posts for women.
"However, what we have now is unprecedented, as there are more women in our cabinet since the inception of our country," she said.
With the current cabinet lineup of six full ministers and four women deputy ministers, Zuraida said the progress achieved should be celebrated rather than scorned.
"For me personally, this is not a failure, as it will act as a platform to promote inclusivity in the administration of Malaysia.
"To enhance the participation of women in politics, we will also organise programmes especially for young women and girls to be groomed as future leaders," she stressed.