11 March, 2007
Minister of Tourism Malaysia, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was quoted in Sin Chew newspaper on 9th March, 2007, to have said that amongst 10000 unemployed bloggers in existence, 80% of them were women. He was also quoted as saying that these bloggers fancy spreading rumours/liars, detesting unity and inter-racial harmony.
As a Minister, it was totally irresponsible to highlight such accusations, and making statements comprising of data which are yet to be proven, by someone in his position, is totally unacceptable.
His statement is uncalled for especially, when women of the world were just celebrating the International Women’s Day on 8th March 2007. Ministers, the likes of Tengku Adnan, who are non-gender sensitive and non-empathetic toward the reality and situation of women are likened to dinosaurs that have become extinct through time, as women truly reject such leaders.
The fact is: Women are never unemployed! They work day and night in the best interest of the family, society and country, and the majority of women are conscientious people who consistently put the interest of others before their own.
The statement by the Minister of Tourism Malaysia is seen as deliberately putting down and belittling the ability, commitment, earnestness, sensitivity, and tarnishing the good name of all women, especially Malaysian women, in their belief and effort to together develop and harmonise the country that they love.
With such a sexist statement, many Malaysian Women have now lost the confidence in the leadership of the Minister.
Hjh Fuziah Salleh
People’s Justice Party (Parti Keadilan Rakyat)
11 March 2007