More women politicians needed

KUALA LUMPUR: Women should get more involved in politics so that the voices of the fairer sex can be heard clearly.

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) programme officer Wong Kar Fai said the decision-making process should benefit both genders without any discrimination.

"Women's voices are very marginalised in this country," he said.

Currently, there are only 23 women members of parliament out of 222, which is about 10% when the ideal figure should be 30%.

Wong told theSun that women faced an unfair "playing field" to participate in politics as it is not safe and enabling.

Citing the example of Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the candidate at the recent Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election, Wong said she had to endure verbal and sexual abuse.

"There was an edited picture of her in a bikini which went viral, this is an example of why it is not safe for women to be in politics," he said.

"Even Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was at the receiving end of a backlash, with some saying that she was not suitable for the Selangor MB post just because of her gender," Wong said.