‘MINDSET CHANGE VITAL FOR TN50’
Society-wide effort needed, says Khairy
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.
Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and myWin Academy chairman Tan Sri Shahrizat Jalil with participants of the dialogue in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.