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Pakatan to campaign against sexist MPs

March 23, 2010

By Adib Zalkapli, Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) women MPs will launch a campaign in the next general elections against those they consider “sexist MPs”.

PAS’s Titiwangsa MP Dr Lo’lo’ Ghazali, in a joint statement with other PR women MPs, said the Parliament has failed to address the issues of lawmakers making sexist remarks.

“All Malaysians should be worried if MPs thinks sexism is a small matter. Sexist MPs will not be able to serve fairly,” said Dr Lo’lo’ reading out from a statement.

The statement was made in response to remarks by Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz in Parliament yesterday who used the word ‘betina’ (female) when declaring that he was willing to be investigated for allegedly misleading the House.

Opposition MPs demanded Nazri to withdraw his remarks but the minister rejected the claim that he had offended women.

“The Pakatan Rakyat Wanita will blacklist sexist leaders because sexist individuals will not be able to make fair judgments and ensuring equal protection for women,” said Lo’lo’.

“Among the key performance indicators of parliamentary candidates is they have to be free from any sexist practice in the 12th Dewan Rakyat,” she added.

Lo’lo’ added that sexist behaviour of lawmakers will lead to the framing of gender insensitive policies.

“Sexist MPs will not be able to understand the need for women to be empowered in order to better contribute to the country,” she said.

Also present at the press conference were Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, Rantau Panjang MP Siti Zailah Yusoff, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng.

“They must not forget that 50 per cent of voters are women,” said Zailah.

While Kok expressed hope that the Speaker will take action to ensure that MPs do not make sexist remarks.

“The Speaker must play his role. Normally MPs who are caught making insensitive remarks are not reprimanded,” said Kok.

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Senarai hitam MP seksis

Hazayani Zakaria, Harakah Daily online
KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Mac: Wanita Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hari ini menyeru seluruh wanita Malaysia menyenaraihitamkan ahli parlimen (MP) yang bersikap seksis pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Dalam satu kenyataan bersama yang dibacakan oleh Dr. Lo’ Lo’ Mohd Ghazali (PAS-Titiwangsa) tengah hari ini, wanita PR berkata, ahli parlimen seksis tidak layak menjadi wakil rakyat.

Ahli parlimen, ujar mereka perlu bebas dari sebarang bentuk amalan seksis, dan ianya perlu dijadikan indeks pencapaian utama (KPI) terhadap calon-calon Parlimen akan datang.

“Wanita Malaysia tidak akan memilih calon-calon ahli parlimen yang seksis dalam pilihan raya akan datang,” kata kenyataan itu.

Kenyataan itu merujuk kepada perkataan ‘anak jantan’ dan ‘anak betina’ yang dikeluarkan Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz (BN-Padang Rengas) di Dewan Rakyat semalam.

Menurut wanita PR, anutan seksisme (sexism) membawa pemikiran bahawa satu gender adalah lebih ‘inferior’ atau lemah dari yang lainnya.

Ia juga bermaksud mendiskriminasi gender dan tidak mempedulikan soal memelihara maruah dan martabat gender, lelaki atau wanita sekaligus berlawanan dengan Perlembagaan Malaysia.

“Kita bantah kerana penggunaan perkataan ‘anak jantan’ dan anak betina ini sangat tidak wajar sebab perkataan itu sering dikaitkan dengan binatang dan juga wanita yang tidak baik,” katanya.

Menurutnya lagi, biarpun perkara itu dipandang remeh oleh sesetengah pihak, namun apa yang dibimbangi jika dibiarkan, lebih banyak lagi perkataan serupa digunakan di Parlimen.

Sementara itu, Siti Zailah (PAS-Rantau Panjang) menyifatkan kempen ‘Budi Bahasa Budaya Kita’ yang diwar-warkan kerajaan sebagai gagal apabila menteri sendiri tidak menunjukkan budi bahasa yang baik sewaktu berbahas di Parlimen.

“Kenyataan ini jelas membuktikan kegagalan kempen ‘Budi Bahasa Budaya Kita’ yang dilaungkan kerajaan. Kerajaan telah menghabiskan berjuta ringgit untuk melaksanakan kempen itu tapi malangnya \menteri sendiri tidak berbudi bahasa walaupun dalam dewan yang mulia,” katanya.

Manakala Zuraida Kamarudin (PKR-Ampang) pula melahirkan rasa kecewa kerana Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional masih lagi gagal memahami konsep kesetaraan gender dan kenyataan-kenyataan bersifat seksisme.

“Ini menampakkan kelemahan kerajaan apabila ahli parlimen lelakinya masih gagal untuk memamahi konsep ini. Jika perkara semudah ini pun mereka tidak boleh faham, bagaimana rakyat khususnya wanita hendak meletakkan harapan kepada mereka,” katanya.

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  1. Yeoh Leei Eng Hock permalink
    April 3, 2010 5:23 PM

    To: Chua Soi Lek
    From: Yeoh Leei Eng Hock
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    In Sarawak it is totally different.They collect one ringgit frpm every tray of egg that the people consumed.They collected 50 cents from every gas tank that the populace used in their house.The victims can be a single mother with five kids or a poor mountain man.The gangsters do not show any mercy.All the old homeless people collecting scraps from the dustbins have to sell their materials to these gangsters at half price.If any of these people shows any resistence molotov cocktails would be thrown at either their million dollar house or card board shacks.They show no fear,favor or mercy to anybody other than their own big bosses.
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    Only a evil chinese emperor will tax their own chinese population in those methods. We, Chinese in Sarawak are in the hands of an evil chineses.
    Come and save us.,

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