KUALA LUMPUR, 1 April 2009: A senator today proposed that the new Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil be appointed as a senator and be made the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development.
Senator Datuk Nor Hayati Onn said the proposal was so that Shahrizat could be the voice of women under the soon-to-be-new leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“If (it) can (be done) ask her to re-hold the ministership championed by Wanita Umno.
“This is very important to achieve the goal of having 30% women participation in the country’s administration. The defeat of many women in the (Umno) supreme council last week is as if to deny our contribution in the country’s leadership,” she said in the debate on the motion of thanks for the King’s speech.— Bernama