PUTRAJAYA – Women’s achievements should not be looked down upon based on gender and they should be given equal opportunities, said Communications and Multimedia Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad.
Sharifah Zarah, who is also the ministry’s Association of Wives of Civil Servants and Women Members of the Civil Service (Puspanita) branch adviser, said Malaysia realised that women were key contributors to sustainable development and shaping community socio-cultural wellbeing.
She said women in Malaysia made up 48.6 per cent or 14.633 million Malaysian citizens in 2014 and contributed to about 52.4 per cent of the employment rate.
“For the ministry, women represent 59.3 per cent or 373 of the civil servants in it,” she said in her speech in conjunction with the branch’s 33rd annual general meeting here today.
The text of her speech was read out by the ministry’s deputy secretary-general (Policy Matters) Datuk Mohid Mohamed.
Sharifah Zarah said she also put her trust in the leadership and skills of women staff in the ministry, its departments and agencies in realising the transformation programmes which were started since early last year.
“I learnt that all departments and agencies under the ministry are pursuing the transformation plans based on the ministry’s basic strategies.
“Here, this can be deemed as the first step to change people’s perception that women are weak,” she added. – BERNAMA