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Posted by Awanama | Posted on 1:25 PG

View issues with Tan Seng Giaw

Amend all laws that are gender-insensitive

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 02:40 AM PST

It is correct to fight for gender equality in all fields. Injustice weighs heavily against women such as hunger, disease, unremitting toil, poverty,deprivation and discrimination. In divorces, women tend to suffer most. Women tend to lose out on inheritance. 70% of illiterates in the world are women.

Fortunately, in Malaysia women have better chances in education. In 20 public universities, more than half of the students are women. In private universities, the numbers are about equal.  But, women graduates tend to be less employable in most fields.

There must be gender equality in laws and in real life. This is going to take a long time. For example, there are unfairness in some of the provisions in Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act and Inheritance Act. They need to be amended.

It is necessary to continue to fight for gender equality in theory and in practice. It is necessary to apoint women who are capable in all fields. A woman is selected because she has the ability, not because she is a woman.

Besides the National Language, we insist on multilingual policy.

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 02:23 AM PST

This morning, we took part in the gathering organized by Dong Zong to petition for a fair policy on vernacular education. For over 40 years, we have followed the Federal Constitution: Besides the National Language, we insist on multilingual education policy. We feel that the Central Government does not have a fair policy on Chinese, Tamil education and government-aided schools. Since 1957, if the Government had adopted a fair multilingual policy, many problems would not have occurred such as shortage of teachers and controversy in the curriculum. If the Government had been enlightened, thousands of citizens would not have stood under the scorching sun, calling for the review of the 2013 National Education Development Blueprint.

We continue to struggle for a fair and just multilingual education policy within and outside parliament. We believe in non-violence.

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