Democratising women


“ Change” was the rallying cry in the last general elections which managed to excite voters throughout Northern Peninsular Malaysia. It led to a change in government in several states. One of the basic changes needed, and often more implied than expressed, is the betterment of the economic, social, legal and political situation of Malaysian women. “What has happened over the last two years”, is the question that Tricia Yeoh and Cecilia Ng ask in this article.

Part of the excitement associated with the March 8, 2008 election results when Pakatan Rakyat (PR) took over four (now three) state governments was that it signaled a greater democratisation of the country’s polity.

This process includes making public power more transparent and accountable, and debates on this have greatly flourished at both federal and state levels. Today, we have both the Barisan Nasional and PR competing for the labels of transparency and accountability on a political market, watched by the general public whose judgements are announced through periodic elections. And this is how it should be.

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