AZALINA CHAIRS WOMEN'S PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS

16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) -- Pengerang Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has been selected as the Chairperson of the Malaysian Women's Parliamentary Caucus.

Azalina said as the chairperson of a women's caucus, she would definitely ensure that women-related issues would continue to be raised in the Dewan Rakyat.

"My goal is to give all the MPs greater understanding of women's issues so that we can discuss and find suitable solutions for the various women-related problems," she told Bernama after her selection as the new chairperson in the closed-door meeting of the caucus here today.

Azalina replaced Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

Meanwhile, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh was selected as Deputy Chairperson in place of Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng.

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Azalina said mutual understanding among all the MPs, whether BN's or the opposition's, was vital to enable women-related issues to be addressed, debated and tackled in the best possible manner.

She said she also looked forward to having the cooperation from all the MPs in solving the various women issues in the country, including on the policy to have 30 per cent women participation in top management of both public and private sectors.

The caucus was first established in 2008, with members comprising all women MPs, to fight for issues concerning women and to empower the women as the main pillar of strength in nation development.

In the 13th Parliament, the caucus has 23 members.

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