DRIVING FROM THE BACKSEAT: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE DEARTH OF MALAYSIAN WOMEN IN POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

Imam- Tamim, Muhammad Kamaldeen, Najibah Mohd Zin, Norliah Ibrahim, Roslina Che Soh
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, December 2015, Univ. of Malaya
  • DOI: 10.22452/jati.vol20no1.3

The right of Malaysian women to be involved in political decision making process

What is it about?

The Malaysian women have been found to excel in academic and even professional labour market than the men. Thus, they are naturally imbued with the skills and intellectual capabilities to contribute to the Malaysian national development. Notwithstanding the perceived superiority in the intellectual capability of the Malaysian women, the number of women allowed to participate in nation building in the country is abysmally low. This paper, therefore, investigates the factors that contribute to the inhibition of Malaysian women in this regard despite their landmark educational and professional progressions and achievements.

Why is it important?

The paper introduces fresh approaches and perspectives to the current efforts by the Malaysian government to ensure that it keeps up with its commitment towards the millennium development goals, which include increased participation of women in political decision making process.

Perspectives

Dr Muhammad Kamaldeen Imam-Tamim (Author)
University of Ilorin

Working on this paper, especially being a non-Malaysian opened my vision to the socio-political workings of the Malaysian society. I was able to understand that even though most of Malaysian women might not be complaining about the status quo, that era is gradually eroding and the government needs to brace up to the reality of the changing times. My foray into this area of research was more interesting because it made me work with seasoned Malaysian scholars. I hope the readers find the paper interesting.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.22452/jati.vol20no1.3

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