Malaysian women politicians should not be mere ‘seat warmers’

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Picture of Fadiah Nadwa Fikri

Fadiah Nadwa Fikri says women’s representation in politics is as important as the politics they represent and practise – politics that is inclusive, progressive, radical and representative of the people in Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 8, 2018.

WOMEN’S involvement in politics should never be tokenistic or treated as “seat warmers”, said activists and academics. Lawyer-activist Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said women’s representation in politics was as important as the politics they represented and practised – politics that was inclusive, progressive, radical and representative of the people in Malaysia, in particular, the marginalised.

She said this in response to a recent call by the Pakatan Harapan women’s wing for there to be more women in decision-making positions in society, especially in politics.

PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail recently said the opposition pact was willing to name a woman prime minister, prior to the eventual announcement of its candidates for prime minister and deputy prime minister.

Professor Zaharom Nain of Nottingham University’s Malaysia campus, who shared Fadiah’s opinion, said: “No duly elected representative, male or female, can be a ‘seat warmer’. We want our representatives to work for us, not just for their spouses.” Read more