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Wanita UMNO Chief Seeks Bigger Involvement For Women In UMNO
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/wanita-umno-chief-seeks/909640.html
Source Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Malaysia
Created: Dec 04, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s largest political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) women's wing chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil on Wednesday fired up the spirit of UMNO women.

She said it is time that women are given a greater say within UMNO as well as in government-linked companies.

The 60-year-old told a crowd of more than 900 women that she had taken her requests to Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak.

She said: "Wanita UMNO has never been neglected but times have changed. We are the foundation of the party and that's very crucial. I never want a token woman just up there, if women are not participating in decision-making in other areas."

Reappointed to the prime minister's office this year, Shahrizat appears to have shaken off her family's 2011 corruption scandal, which involved a national cattle company

But her critics do not necessarily think so.

Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said: "Perhaps what the Wanita wing should do is to consolidate a team and for Shahrizat to identify people who can represent and who can also speak on behalf of the wing. It doesn't have to be on her alone, because if the focus is going to be on her alone, I think it's going to be difficult for her to speak freely."

To the UMNO women, however, Shahrizat continues to be their voice. After all, they elected her as their chief in October party polls -- a fight she won by a landslide.

- CNA/gn
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