The special congress held in Shah Alam on Sunday was fruitful as the proposed amendments reinforce the party’s commitment to strengthen the women’s wing. The Keadilan Women’s Wing unanimously support the proposed amendments.
Section 26.2 provides the autonomy to regulate, manage and make decisions pertaining to the women’s wing.
We are happy that the women’s role is acknowledged and enshrined through changes in the party’s objective. To surmise, the party objective was revised to further enhance our importance and role in the society. The updated party constitution also includes principles to respect women, a vision to free women from discrimination and exploitation and gender equality; a pledge to include at least 30% of women representation at all levels of decision making to ensure the rights and welfare of the women are well taken care of.
Another milestone in the proposed amendment was to increase the women’s delegation with voting rights from 30 to 50 people during the congress, thus ensuring more voice from the women.
We also applaud the fact that Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew was tasked as the chairperson to oversee the proposed amendments to the party constitution – an arduous task that entails impartiality, tact, wisdom and meticulous scrutiny.
During the congress, three women presented their views on the proposed amendments. They were Munirah from Sabah, Sandra Ng from Perak and Azura Aziz representing the women’s wing.
Srikandi, which is Keadilan’s young women’s wing under the leadership of Siti Aishah, who was also the candidate for Tambun parliamentary seat earlier this year, will take on the responsibility to identify and propose new and young capable leaders to groom for future leadership roles.
Currently, there are ten elected Keadilan women representatives nationwide holding State Assembly and Parliamentarian posts. They are:
1) Zuraida Kamaruddin (MP – Ampang and Chief of Central Keadilan Women’s Wing),
2) Nurul Izzah (MP – Lembah Pantai and Vice-President of Keadilan Central Committee)
3) Fuziah Salleh (MP – Kuantan and Vice-President of Keadilan Central Committee)
4) Christina Liew (ADUN Api-Api, Sabah and Keadilan Central Committee Member)
5) Rodziah Ismail (ADUN Batu Tiga, Selangor, EXCO in Selangor State Assembly and Deputy Chief of Central Keadilan Women’s Wing ),
6) Elizabeth Wong (ADUN Bukit Lanjan, Selangor, EXCO in Selangor State Assembly and Member of Keadilan Central Committee),
7) Dr. Daroyah Alwi (ADUN Sementa, Selangor and EXCO in Selangor Selangor State Assembly),
8) Haniza Talha (ADUN Taman Medan, Selangor and Chief of Selangor Keadilan Women’s Wing),
9) Chua Yee Ling (ADUN Kuala Sepetang, Perak and Deputy Chief of Perak Keadilan Women’s Wing), and
10) Dr. Norlela Ariffin (ADUN Penanti, Penang)
All of these form positive and progressive steps towards building a stronger platform to encourage more participation for women in politics. This in turn will enable the party to help our country improve our ranking in the Gender Gap Index as recorded by the World Economic Forum.
We are hopeful that the proposed changes will induce a renewed spirit and enthusiasm in our collective mission to eradicate gender discrimination and to promote equal opportunities to all.
The Keadilan Women’s Wing will continue to abide by the constitution and push for at least 30% representation at all levels of decision making by implementing mandatory policies which will protect the interests of all women in the country through the Pakatan Rakyat Manifesto which includes the Malaysian Women’s Agenda (Agenda Wanita Malaysia).
YB Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat
26 Nov 2013