Women in Numbers

By Yeong Pey Jung

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Political representationMalaysia’s 14th general election saw an unprecedented representation of female-elected politicians. However, the overall percentage is still dismally low, as per Malaysia’s electoral history. With only 10.9% of parliamentary candidates and 10.8% of state assembly candidates being women, the desired minimum of 30% women representation in government remained unattainable.The general election achieved the highest ever proportion of female representation in the lower house of parliament, where a total of 32 female parliamentarians or 14.4% were elected (Figure 1). Overall,...

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Yeong Pey Jung

is a senior analyst with the Socioeconomics and Statistics Programme at Penang Institute. She is a reading enthusiast and is surgically attached to her Kindle.