More Women in Local Government Makes it More Relevant to More Voters

By Cheah Wui Jia

March 2017 FEATURE
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Penang’s local councils saw an increase in women councilors this year, signaling interesting times ahead.The “lowest” form of government, the third tier of governance, the ones who examine drains and tend to trees – such is the perception of the role of local councilors. They stay in the background, unlike their more visible state assemblypersons and federal MP counterparts who headline the news.Unless something like a storm or a flood wreaks havoc.For Syerleena Abdul Rashid, a third-term councilor at the...

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Cheah Wui Jia

teaches English at Han Chiang College. She enjoys looking at how individual interpretations of texts are mediated by language, relationships of power and societal structures.