Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng has termed women as Malaysia’s vital source of human resources to spur its development.
He thus called on more women to assume leading roles to help the country achieve further breakthroughs.
“Women of today are no longer confined to the roles of wife and mother. Many of them have excelled in many areas such as politics, finance, industries and education,” he told a dinner marking the Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Women Association’s 63rd anniversary last Saturday.
Yong, who is Stampin member of parliament, said it was quite obsolete to insist that only a certain gender should serve in selected industries, particularly in this modern era.
He stressed that for as long as a person had the capability, the issue of gender should not get in the way.
“If the person has great knowledge in a certain field and is capable of discharging the duty, we shall by all means support the person to lead,” he said.
He noted that the women association was one of the earliest community-based organisations (CBOs) in the city.
Given its history, the association had played its part to elevate the social status of women besides enlightening them on their rights, he said.
He hoped that it would persevere in its undertakings so as to be able to organise more healthy programmes for members and the communities.
During the dinner, the association through Yong also handed out ‘angpow’ and goodies to eligible elderly members.