Tuesday October 18, 2011
No discrimination against women in male dominated fields, says Taib
By NIGEL EDGAR
KUCHING: Women in the country need not worry that they would be discriminated against in male dominated fields.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud assured that since independence, the country had always regarded women as equal to men in many things they did.
“In fact I believe women can play a bigger role in nation building,” he said during the state level Women’s Day 2011 celebration at the old State Legislative Assembly building yesterday.
He said the women leaders nowadays had proven their capabilities and he was confident that they would be capable of accepting and adapting to new changes to help make the country a developed nation.
Taib pointed out that in the east women need not be aggressive to fight for their rights because they had always been at the highest level in society.
“This is the uniqueness of our eastern way, advocating better places for women in our society. Women in our country have never had any strong opposition from the men. They have had and will continue to have the support they deserve,” he said.
Meanwhile, Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said women were the key players in shaping children’s self-esteem, character and personality.
“The women’s role in a family institution is vital and significant because they are the ones working hard to ensure the strength and unity of the family unit,” she said.
In relation to that, Fatimah said more social infrastructure should be set up in order to effectively lead children and youngsters away from social ills.
“Child care centres at work places and homes, after-school care centres for children, and community activity centres are among the social infrastructures that must be set up,” she added.