Malaysia’s love for female leaders only goes so far — Lynda Lim

Source: Asia & the Pacific Policy Society


Support for women’s leadership must extend beyond the public and corporate sectors  ~ Lynda Lim

If Malaysia is serious about promoting women’s empowerment, it needs to support female leaders in civil society, Lynda Lim writes.

The Malaysian Government says it is committed to promoting women in decision-making positions. A key element of this commitment is the government’s target of having women fill at least 30 per cent of decision-making roles in both the public and corporate sectorThis focus on maximising economic outcomes placing women in leadership positions is a fairly orthodox, and restrictive, way to view the goal of women’s empowerment and leadership.

review of policies put in place signalled that a “business case approach to women’s empowerment and gender equality has become the dominant discourse through which gender equality claims are justified”. Such perspectives present gender equality claims as only valid if they fit within the market logic.

Engaging in conversation about women’s leadership in the public and private sector is of critical importance. At the same time, we must question whether and how these conversations tend to revert towards a “business case” justification for gender equality in the public and corporate sector, with diminished support for women in civil society. Read more

Malaysia’s bauxite exports rise despite mining ban


An excavator fills a lorry with bauxite at the stockpile area at Kuantan port in this file picture. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 ― A year and a half after banning bauxite mining to force miners to meet environmental standards, Malaysia’s exports to main customer China are again growing, raising public anger over illegal mining.

Residents and politicians in the east coast bauxite mining region are calling for a total export ban of the aluminium raw material, but industry figures and analysts say shipments are likely to continue.

Malaysia halted bauxite mining in January last year, but allowed exports to continue to deplete vast stockpiles at ports where run-off after monsoon rains had polluted waters and led to a public outcry.

But 18 months later, the stockpiles are the same size as they were at the start of the ban, even asMalaysia has exported more than 9 million tonnes of bauxite to China, according to Chinese import data. Read more

Tony Pua’s appeal to challenge 2015 travel ban fails

Source: The StarOnline

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PUTRAJAYA: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua failed in his bid to challenge the Immigration Department director-general’s decision to bar him from travelling abroad.

Pua had filed an appeal against the High Court’s July 2016 dismissal of his judicial review application challenging the director-general’s decision.

He named the director-general and the Government as respondents.

In a unanimous decision Wednesday, Court of Appeal judge Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh said there was no reason for the panel to interfere with the High Court’s decision. Read more

SC to discuss issues on bullying, unwed young mothers – Rohani

Source: Astro Awani

PUTRAJAYA: The Social Council, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, will discuss issues on bullying and unwed young mothers at its meeting this month in a concerted effort to address the problem.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said she had informed the deputy prime minister that the issue on bullying could not be left to her ministry alone to handle.

“Following which, he saw the issue as one of the agenda for the (Social Council) meeting which will involve my ministry, the Health Ministry, Education Ministry and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM),” she told the media at her ministry’s open house here on Wednesday.On the issue of unwed young mothers, Rohani said although the ministry had set up shelter homes for them, there was a need for other ministries to also play their role. Read more