Ban on sexist remarks a sign of progression
The ban on sexist remarks in the Dewan Rakyat is proof that Malaysia is progressing forward, says Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
The Tourism Minister, who is also Raub MP, said the move was a way of putting an issue such as gender-sensitivity into a formal structure. This in turn, will enable its implementation in the country and not just in the Dewan Rakyat.
“But of course, it is only apt that it should start with the Parliament. As MPs representing the people, we are the ones who should take the lead and set an example,” said Dr Ng.
Dr Ng, who is also MCA vice-president, said even though Malaysians were generally courteous and respectful towards one another regardless of race or gender, the “structural recognition of gender sensitivities” would help ensure harmony among all members of society.
“People tend to think that being gender-sensitive should come naturally as common sense, but common sense, as we know, does not always prevail.
“Now that it is put on paper, we can handle the issue step by step and build towards a more courteous, respectful and gender-sensitive nation,” she said.
She said that a nation which was known for its common courtesy and mutual respect among its people would always attract more visitors.