Posted: 27 Jul 2011 12:35 AM PDT
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Central Government to formulate genuinely serious strategy to train and mentor women for higher posts including corporate board members. they should be given more opportunities.
As women do much better at schools and universities, it is only a matter of time before they catch up. This is happening in many fields.
On 26.7.2011, Dr Tan comments on the point made by the Deputy Prime MInister Tan Sri Muhyiddin to empower women.
The Deputy Prime Minister wants serious training and mentoring strategy to push women towards higher posts such as corporate board membership. Lets hope it is really serous.
Women are trying to achieve greater heights.
Education is essential. At schools and universities, there are more female than male students. They excel. The majority of nearly 400,000 teachers in the country are women. They dominate. Some courses in universities have more than 60% women. At times, it is difficult to get qualified male students to fill vacancies. The Higher Education Minister says that starting from 2012, his ministry would like to enrol more male students. If there are no qualified male students, the vacancies must be filled by female students.
According to Women Minister Datuk Seri Sharizat, women occupy more than 32% of the premier grade civil posts, compared with 19% in 2004. We hope the Government will publish the details.
The Government must ensure that women get there by merits without racial and religious discrimination. It is only time before women get to the top of most fields. They will overcome obstacles. Lets help them along.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
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