Women’s rights groups in Malaysia have called on Pakatan Harapan to fulfil its promise of minimum 30% representation at the highest policy-making body in Malaysia. PM Tun Mahathir’s cabinet, however, only has nine women: five full ministers (see below) and four deputy ministers. The deputy ministers include Hannah Yeoh (Women, Family and Community Development), Teo Nie Ching (Education), Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change) and Fuziah Salleh (Prime Minister’s Department/Islamic Affairs).
Although women only make up 18% of the 2018 Malaysian cabinet, it still delivered the highest number of female ministers to date. DPM Dato' Seri Dr Wan Azizah mentioned in The Malaysian Digest that the proposal to have women making up 30% is merely “a target and there is no insistence that the quota must be implemented, as capability is also a very important factor to consider in the choice of ministers.”
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