Where are the Indian women leaders, Pakatan Harapan?

Where are the Indian women leaders, Pakatan Harapan?

PUCHONG: The Bernama infographic highlighting higher representation of the fairer sex under the Pakatan Harapan administration has been criticised since there was not a single Indian woman in the list.

“Too sad… no Indians. We do have Indian women with capabilities and qualities but sadly given a chance.. Hopefully in future…” said R Vimalanathan on Facebook.

Another Facebook user detested the idea of viewing the infographic from a racial perspective.

“Maybe they thought there are no Indian women in this country. No need to be so proud about it. Position must be based on intelligence and public helping tendency, not based on race, skin colour or double standard law,” said Subra MG.

Critical reaction towards the lack of Indian women political leaders in Pakatan Harapan

The infographic is entitled PH government leads in empowering women. All five female ministers and four female deputy ministers was featured in it, led by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Aside from them, a total of women heading government agencies, government linked companies and government linked investment companies.

Among the notables include the newly appointed Chief Justice of Malaya Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, a former diplomat appointed to head the Human Resources Development Fund.

For the record, there is only one Indian female federal lawmaker, Batu Kawan MP P Kasthuriraani of the DAP. She also sits in the parliament select committee on rights and gender equality.

She declined to comment on this matter when contacted by The Leaders Online.

The Dewan Negara has one female Indian senator, K Bathmavathi who represents the interests of the disabled community.

There are also two state legislative assembly members:- Rahang assemblyman in Negeri Sembilan, Mary Josephine Pritam Singh and Sabai assemblyman in Pahang, D Kamache.

At the ministry level, the chief secretary at the Youth and Sports Ministry is an Indian lady Dr S Waitchala.

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