Women stay out. Politics is a boys club

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Women stay out. Politics is a boys club

Empower Malaysia

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is gravely concerned with the quality of the debate going on regarding a woman candidate for the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) post.

Impossibly high moral standards are placed on Wan Azizah. We have heard from many quarters criticisms such as: she is Anwar Ibrahim’s wife and thus his puppet; that she purportedly has no clout; she is not competent enough; and that she does not have the “wow” factor. On this basis, critics have shunned her as a potential candidate for the MB’s post.

Competency has been the least of considerations in so many other cases that involve male MB’s. Why was such a standard not used on Zambry Abdul Kadir when he took over as the Perak MB with the blessings of three state assembly persons who jumped over to Barisan Nasional?

To read the full article published on September 6th 2014, please click here.