Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PM's statement on women thrown out of context!

Prime Minister Najib's statement at the Women's Day celebration yesterday was misinterpreted and thrown out of context. The opposition, especially was quick to lucre on it, accusing him of being disrespectful and undermining the role of women in national development.

PKR politician and blogger Chegubard in his posting lashed out at Najib's arrogance in recognising women's movement in the country.
"Najib menyatakan Malaysia tidak memerlukan sama sekali pergerakan wanita dalam negara ini. Beliau selaku Menteri Wanita dalam majlis anjuran kementeriannya telah menghina perjuangan aktivis-aktivis hak wanita dalam negara ini..."
The Prime Minister spoke in simple Bahasa Malaysia at the function. I just wonder if Chegubard (as a Melayu) and his friends understand the language.

The way he spun the story didn't reflect him as a mature politician, and so are those who failed to digest the message of such a statement.

However, I believe he took cue from his boss' blog posting about the recently tabled Budget 2013 at the Dewan Rakyat, that 'the government didn't give the right amount of allocation to women'. PKR president Wan Azizah said:
"Our two projects for empowering women call for spending of RM3.94 billion. All in, we intend to spend up toRM4.5 billion a year on programs for women. This is 10 times more than Umno BN's spending for women."
True, the Budget allocates about RM400 million for women but that is more than sufficient after considering other funds and insentives. Compared with Pakatan's RM4 billion, it will make each and every woman in the country close to becoming a millionaire!

Najib's statement should be interpreted like this:

Women's movement in Malaysia does not need further recognition because they are already well-established and much more advanced than other countries, including those few in the West. So strong and influential are their organisations and movements that they are present in all sectors of the economy and nation-building, and become the envious of similar groups abroad.

What PM actually meant was, they do not need recognition as they are already well-known and are able to champion their course without much assistance from the government, and that makes them very special as compared with the achievement of other women movement in Africa, Latin America, Asia and other regions.

So, there is no reason at all for them to jump to conclusion, sensationalising and politicising it!
A press statement issued by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG), which comprises Sisters in Islam (SIS); Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO); Perak Women for Women Society (PWW); Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO); All Women’s Action Society (AWAM); Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER); and Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) also voiced out their 'disbelief' at Najib. 
"Such a statement by the prime minister, who is also the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, belies and belittles the reality women face on a daily basis — the violence, harassment and discrimination — which Government policies have not adequately addressed. The recently released CEDAW alternative report comprehensively documents all forms of discrimination that women in Malaysia continue to face today. For those of us who have to deal with the problems women face on the ground, the Prime Minister’s claim does not inspire any confidence in his leadership of the country and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development..."
I wonder if we have enough Malays in these organisations who can understand the language. It is not fair at all to simply become abusive over things that we don't really comprehend.
I am also not sure if the PM Office will issue a statement to clear the air but for one thing, I am sure the opposition is riding on the issue for their politics... and for something to blog and criticise!


28 comments:

sugar mammy said...

sensationalizing and politicizing everything the govt does is part of their job, bro.

its in their blood.

they will incite whoever they can to believe in what they say about najib and his govt.

and they will go on and on until they get what they want - to rule!

tauke lim said...

if they dont understand bahasa malaysia, stop being a malay or a malaysian!

that also u dont know aaar!!!

lim gone eng said...

yes, they dont understand bahasa malaysia because most of the women leaders are indians... like ambigatal!

penangan said...

salam tuan,

memang mereka silap faham dan salah tafsir. sepatutnya sebagai ahli politik dan ketua pergerakan wanita, mereka tidak akan cepat melatah tanpa memahami dulu apa yang dikatakan oleh datuk najib.

yang pastinya, takkanlah datuk najib sendiri boleh tidak mengiktiraf peranan wanita dalam pembangunan negara!

belajarlah bahasa malaysia lebih lanjut!

Anonymous said...

anwar was the one who introduced bahasa baku when he was education minister.

what happened after that?

pro-Pakatan said...

awak tu yg putarbelitkan fakta.

dah memang macam tu najib cakap, tak perlu iktiraf perjuangan badan2 wanita.

jadi, apa nak bela dia sangat ni?

Anonymous said...

chegubard and gang should go back to school and learn bahasa.

what an idiot!

Suri said...

Hi, i am 'one of the Malays' you are referring to who worked on the JAG statement, and I understood the PM's statement perfectly well. While I have no problems with you being a PM's apologist, I do not believe that it is my responsibility to interpret the PM's statement in any other way than how it was reported by two media channels. Pertubuhan yang memperjuangkan hak asasi wanita ni ada ahli Melayu yang faham dan boleh bertutur dalam Bahasa Melayu dan Bahasa Inggeris. The statement simply highlighted the areas in which women still encounter discrimination and are not yet on equal footing with men, despite the fact that women were able to vote since independence. This is hardly a partisan issue, and should not be spun as such. An ignorant statement is an ignorant statement. Period.

Tipu Punya Olang said...

Hai yaa Bujai..
Kalu banyak woman movement, nanti macam-macam dia orang mintak, lagi banyak bajet kena bagi.
Bajet cukup untuk PERMATA sahaja..oopss..dan Rosmah juga!
Jangan takut la Bujai..ini statement tak da out of context punya!

santono said...

hairan juga kenapa persatuan wanita tiba2 melenting sedemikian rupa. tak bolehkah mereka rujuk dulu dengan mana2 pegawai pm sebelum buat kenyataan?

makin lama, makin banyak persatuan yang bersifat antikerajaan dan menjadi radikal.

ini menunjukkan mereka mudah dipengaruhi pembangkang dan anasir luar...

Anonymous said...

but why did our women's movement take pm's statement out of context if they really understood what he said?

someone must have 'poked' them for political reasons!

lambretta said...

rm4 billion for women?

azizah must have had wild imaginations about it.

the amount is exceeding our defense budget.

what can women movement do with such an amount?

buying buses and private jets?

Anonymous said...

di mana letaknya pertimbangan pergerakan wanita di negara ni? tak pasal2 hentam PM. kalau tak paham melayu, jangan jadi pemimpin! bangang!

marahmu said...

our women movement is far ahead of those in the developed countries.

so, what pm also meant is they need no special recognition since the whole world is already recognising them.

the groups who criticised pm should apologise to him by issuing another statement.

Anonymous said...

siapa chegubard ni?

orang mana?

jap... kalau tak silap, yg kalah dengan kj tu kan?

patut laaaaaaa....!

miss mascara said...

perlukah kita mempolitikkan semua perkara?

kalau ucapan pm tu mengandungi perkara sedemikian, sudah tentulah ada yang tak kena.

tetapi saya sendiri hadir pada majlis itu dan dapati ianya amat mudah ditafsirkan secara positif dan bukan sebaliknya.

janganlah kita cepat hilang arah hanya kerana kedunguan kita...

Anonymous said...

agaknya wanita di malaysia ni nak jadi perdana menteri kot, seperti di filipina, indonesia, thailand, bangladesh, pakistan, australia, new zealand dan yang lain2?

Anonymous said...

the women movement which criticised pm only seeked some publicity.

not many malaysians know about them because they really sucks!

adudumba said...

tak benar pm cakap sedemikian. ia sengaja diputarbelitkan oleh pembangkang yang nak bagi peruntukan 4 bilion kepada wanita.

nampaknya persatuan wanita malaysia dan mula gilakan duit dan lepaskan semangat perjuangan!

Anonymous said...

hahaha another case of "tak faham bahasa" macam kes TUN

sama said macam ni? kata perjuangkan bahasa melayu, ahli depan mata pun tak terajar!!!!

mat gombau said...

jai,

apo nak buek, taik kambing bulat2.

bukan sekali duo kenyataan pm diputarbolitkan, dah banyak kali.

so, kito pun dah tak heran.

tapi yang org betino ni bising2 apo hal eh? tak paham2 ko apo pm maksudkan bilo bercakap macam tu? tak sekolah apo org2 dalam persatuan wanita ni?

atau dah mulo nak ikut pembangkang?

4 bini said...

women's lips.

women's liberalisation

women's free movement..

what else?

and what more do they want?

Anonymous said...

did rosmah say anything about women?

hehehe...

insider said...

what's pm media team doing to counter such attacks?

what is amhari doing leading the team?

Anonymous said...

So what exactly did jib by say? Screw your interperetation.

Anonymous said...

What Context are you Talking About?

THE POST HE IS HOLDING SHOULD GO TO A WOMAN!!!! WOMAN AFFAIRS Ma!

Yet he can talk about the private sector appointing more woman in high positions!!

Just Read!


Jack said...



Suri said...
Hi, i am 'one of the Malays' you are referring to who worked on the JAG statement, and I understood the PM's statement perfectly well. While I have no problems with you being a PM's apologist, I do not believe that it is my responsibility to interpret the PM's statement in any other way than how it was reported by two media channels. Pertubuhan yang memperjuangkan hak asasi wanita ni ada ahli Melayu yang faham dan boleh bertutur dalam Bahasa Melayu dan Bahasa Inggeris. The statement simply highlighted the areas in which women still encounter discrimination and are not yet on equal footing with men, despite the fact that women were able to vote since independence. This is hardly a partisan issue, and should not be spun as such. An ignorant statement is an ignorant statement. Period.

October 3, 2012 2:32 AM


Why is it women still asking for quota and minimum numbers of their kind in this and that? I say, if a person qualifies, let them hold that certain post. If 100% women qualifies to lead any institution, let them lead that institution. If they don't, why should they be given any post at all? The same applies to men.

Women, though not all, can be very unreasonable at times.

If there's anything useful that these women groupies should be doing is go whack those PAS people in Kelantan who continue to segregate and discriminate women.

PM cannot make mistake meh? PM is also human, although not hu'woman'. One statement by PM that could be interpreted in different ways, and now these people went cuckoo. And we want to entrust our country to these kind of women (of course, not all lah)? Go fly kite lah Suri, our country could less with people like you barking around.

pekak badak said...

saya pun tak paham apa pm cakap sebab bahasa melayu dia tinggi.

tapi nak salahkan pm memanglah tak boleh kalau orang yang paham bahasa melayu dengar betul2 dan kupas baik2 apa yg pm cakap.

paham tak?