Thursday, October 4, 2012

Najib Talks on Women Issues

On Tuesday, at the National Women's Day Celebration 2012, Prime Minister Najib Razak showed Malaysian women what a fake he is! He had challenged public-listed companies to appoint more women to their board of directors. “Don't give the excuse that we have no women,” he had said (The Star, October 03, 2012, p 02).

Uh-huh, look who’s talking?! He is the last person Malaysians should listen to! In April of this year, this chauvinist of a male had appointed himself the Women, Family and Community Development Minister! He had clearly shown us by his action that women in this country are hopelessly incapable and incompetent.

As if that remark was not insulting enough, he continued making another boo-boo when he insisted that there is "no need for a women's rights movement in Malaysia." According to him, equality has already been given to women right from the start!

By saying this, Najib has revealed to us just how removed he is from ordinary Malaysians, especially women. The howler soon became stupid when he used the example of an elite golf club in the US of A that restricts women membership. Women in Malaysia, he said, are free to join any club.

Najib is a phony! He doesn’t seem to understand that the struggle for gender equality is not about gaining admission into elite country clubs. It is about women wanting participation – not tokenism – in decision-making positions, whether in Parliament, State Assemblies, corporate boardrooms and the civil service. Women want equal pay as their male counterparts. Women want the same promotion opportunities. Women wish to be treated by society with respect and dignity.

But Najib is blissfully ignorant. I suppose in the Najib household, the oppression of women doesn’t exist. And I shouldn’t blame him if he holds onto that fantasy. After all, Rosmah Mansor calls the shots. She is more equal than others. She is in charge. Najib is the one who is being led by the nose. Najib is the browbeaten husband. Najib is Rosmah's fool.

Poor man. Pitiful husband. Pathetic Prime Minister.

On Tueday, I went to Jalan Bukit Kiara, off Jalan Damansara to attend the Friendship Toastmasters meeting. I was to evaluate Oh Lien Chai. He showed promise but it was obvious that he must learn to better organize his thoughts and deliver the speech with more discipline. Still I enjoyed listening to him and I look forward to hearing his next speech. I found him refreshing because he was adventurous in his approach.

Overall, It was a great meeting, I would do a great disservice if I didn’t acknowledge the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening (i.e. Susan Lim) who had put a lot of effort and energy into the meeting so much so that it liberally overflowed with joyful abandon and cheerful spontaneity. Add Grace Tan to this potent mix and we have a meeting that was amazingly awesome. After all, many Toastmasters meetings seemed tired and missing the “fun” factor altogether. I would score this meeting an 8 out of a 10.

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