Kongres Wanita KEADILAN 27-28 May 2010
Delegate Begum Jam Abdullah from Sabah, said only eight out of 50 Women wing national office bearers appeared for the by-election campaign.
This was met with loud applauses from the floor during the debate session of the Wanita wing national congress in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
Meanwhile, Ramlah Bee Asiahoo from Penang, called on the party to be more aggressive in formulating policies to ensure equitable women participation in various fields.
She called on the party to emulate Indonesia’s policy where 50 percent women participation is targetted for all sectors.
Meanwhile, the wing’s Srikandi unit chief Juwairiya Zulkifli also urged Pakatan Rakyat controlled states to enforce “gender impartial” salary schemes.
She argued that some employers are using parental leaves, especially one involving maternity benefits, as an excuse to cut their salaries.
Anak Melayu congress
Meanwhile, PKR Youth plans to hold a “Anak Melayu” congress soon, to shore up flagging Malay support, as evident in the Hulu Selangor by-election.
Youth wing chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the congress was aimed at ensuring the Malays that they would be looked after by the party.
“There is this perception that we are not doing enough for the malays. The congress is to tell them that we will advocate their rights, like how we advocate the rights of other races,” he said after the closing of the Youth Wing’s annual congress in Kota Baru, Kelantan.
However, Shamsul cautioned that the congress should not be misconstrued as an attempt by the party to “scare away” non-Malays, which the party draws sizeable support from.