Gerakan urged to act against Tan over sexist tweet
GEORGE TOWN (Jan 4, 2011): Gerakan has been urged to take action against its Kedah Youth chief Tan Keng Liang for a purportedly sexist Twitter message he relayed about Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh who is pregnant.
DAP wanita chief Chong Eng today said Gerakan needed to act "to stop this kind of insulting remark to women and to families".
Tan, in his tweet, had asked if voters in Subang Jaya would vote for the MCA candidate there or for Yeoh who he said was going on maternity leave.
"The statement shows gender discrimination of the highest degree," said Chong Eng who is also Bukit Mertajam MP. She noted that women were already challenged by discriminating employers who preferred to have men or unmarried women.
She also said MCA should make a stand with civil society calls for Gerakan and Tan to apologise to Yeoh and women folk.
Meanwhile, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng noted that Chong Eng herself was pregnant when she was an assemblyperson in Penang in the 90s, and still performed to the best of her abilities, even getting herself re-elected.
"Hannah is doing her duties as an assemblyperson. We are outraged at the remark about her which is hitting below the belt. It is a disgusting attack against a pregnant woman," he said.
"It shows disrespect to women. Gerakan should apologise, not just to Hannah but all pregnant women."