Thursday, July 07, 2011

Are We Ready To Have A Female Prime Minister?



In Malaysia where Muslim male dominance is very much a protected territory, to even think of this possibility may be considered blasphemous. But the pressure in on to consider the best leader for the nation, corruption clean, popular, good looking, young, energetic and fresh irrespective of gender. Among the uprising stars is the daughter of Anwar Ibrahim, Nurul Izzah Anwar, who has won over many supporters, young and old. Read THIS report. Her being an opposition lawmaker may have contributed to her status but judging her on the basis of her capability I believe she deserve our vote. In her resides the hope of restoring the Malaysia we yearn for. With so many nations and multinational corporations, banks and international agencies now under leadership of capable women, the latest being the election of Yingluck Shinawatra as the new prime minister of our neighbor, Thailand, and last week, the appointment of Christine Lagarde as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund. There are many other renowned and lesser known female leaders who have done wonderfully such as our Bank Negara governor, Zeti Akhtar Aziz, who was appointed to the post in May 2000 and has held it till today. A list of female global leaders may be found HERE.

The 13th general election will be staged soon. What is the opposition strategy? Will Nurul get a chance, if not at least the deputy PM? Personally I vote for someone I can trust whatever the gender.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Peter,this time i have to comment on what i think,not that i disagree with your N3,its just that i am a bit apprehensive with her experience as a leader and MAYBE whilst depending on advisers be manupulated.But on the other hand she could be intelligent enough and able to see right from wrong.I am just not convinced enough at this stage to make a commitment with her.Having said that i also would not hesistate to vote someone i can trust whatever the gender if he/she can lead MALAYSIA TO GLORY. God Bless fr AL MAL.

Peter Yew said...

Dear Al, I can understand your apprehension but right now we are at a crossroad. Capable and dedicated leaders who are pure in mission and not corrupted by greed and power and unstained by scandals are very few. More so they must be acceptable by as wide a voter spectrum as possible, and in our culture and tradition now, be a Malay.

Honestly I have been let down by leaders of our gender. Maybe it is a global trend, that many nations choose to elect females leaders because they were fed up by male dominance and sometimes incompetence. Alternatively I am willing to support Wan Azizah. It is unfortunate she and Nurul are wife and daughter of Anwar but if we judge a person by his/her credentials and not link to family matters I think they are good candidates, acceptable to all races. I believe a female leader provides balance and credibility to the cabinet. Peter.

Anonymous said...

Dear Peter,i totally agree with you now after doing a bit of thinking that MALAYSIA may need a women leader of calibre to at least be Deputy PM.It may balance the political stability and may just be the tonic we need.Women being a mother surely can withstand the pressure and come out with best decisions for the country,thats why other nations are electing women to the highest position in the govt.Lets take a look amongst our women leaders and put our heads together to see siapa bolih.You have mentioned 2 possibilities but keep searching and you may see others.I know i 'll be looking and analizing before next GE.Even 1 vote of mine will count,betul tak?If all think like us imagine the changes that will take MALAYSIA to the glory and happy days in future,teringat kat lagu HAPPY DAYS.FR AL MAL.

Peter Yew said...

It is like searching for a pin in a haystack but I am confident if we are open to meritocracy as the way forward Malaysia can recover her lost years. Let us pray for reasonableness and respect for each other to prevail. Together the fair people of our beloved nation can make her beautiful again. God bless our desire. Peter.

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