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.