So­ci­ety-wide ef­fort needed, says Khairy

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POS­I­TIVE men­tal­ity, at­ti­tude and val­ues of be­ing Malaysians are the most im­por­tant cat­a­lysts for Trans­for­masi Na­sional 50 (TN50).

Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din said the big­gest chal­lenges for the na­tion were chang­ing the men­tal­ity, at­ti­tudes and val­ues of the ma­jor­ity of Malaysians.

“We can use ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and tal­ents (to change men­tal­ity). But it has to be a so­ci­ety­wide ef­fort to change the way we do things,” he said at the “TN50: Wanita Pemacu Ne­gara” di­a­logue at MyWIN Academy in Ta­man Tun Dr Is­mail here.

He said the re­ac­tions of so­cial me­dia users to­wards some events showed that there was so­ci­ety-wide misog­y­nic views.

“For ex­am­ple, the men­tal­ity of at­tribut­ing rape to what women wear.

“When na­tional gym­nast Farah Ann Ab­dul Hadi won gold medals in South­east Asian Game in 2015, she was crit­i­cised for wear­ing a leo­tard, but her achieve­ments were never praised,” he said.

He said the na­tion needed to shat­ter the wall of misog­yny to be­come a de­vel­oped na­tion.

“We do not need a so­ci­ety that tell women what to do. We need an in­clu­sive, not leav­ing-any­body-be­hind men­tal­ity and at­ti­tude to be­come a de­vel­oped coun­try,” he said.

“One of my ideas is to or­gan­ise cam­paigns to in­form the pub­lic about the at­ti­tudes and val­ues we need to up­hold to be­come a de­vel­oped na­tion,” he said.

On another note, he said, tech­nol­ogy would em­power women and trans­form work­place and work prac­tices in the near fu­ture, thus in­creas­ing women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­force.

He said tech­nol­ogy would al­low women to work from home and they would not have to choose be­tween their ca­reer or home­mak­ing.

“The fu­ture of the work­place must be reimag­ined. To­day, we work in phys­i­cal of­fices, but we will be able to work wher­ever we are in the fu­ture, which will in­crease women’s con­tri­bu­tion in so­ci­ety and work­force,” he said.

He said the ad­viser on women entrepreneurs and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment, Tan Sri Shahrizat Ab­dul Jalil, would sub­mit a re­port on women is­sues that fo­cuses on econ­omy, busi­ness and safety to the prime min­is­ter.

Shahrizat said: “Women is­sues are cen­tral to the suc­cess of TN50.

“There is a need to ad­dress the in­volve­ment of women in TN50.”

Flex­i­ble work­place cul­ture and safety for women were among the is­sues dis­cussed at the di­a­logue.

Es­tab­lished in 2014, MyWIN Academy Bhd is an avant-garde setup for women aimed at fos­ter­ing in­no­va­tive and cre­ative mind­sets.


Youth and

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and myWin Academy chair­man Tan Sri Shahrizat Jalil with par­tic­i­pants of the di­a­logue in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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