UMNO Youth and Wanita Movement
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Wanita Umno's Request For Supreme Council Seats Will Be Considered

Wanita Umno's Request For Supreme Council Seats Will Be Considered

KUALA LUMPUR May 13 - Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir said today Wanita Umno's request for its members to be appointed to the Umno supreme council will be considered.

The Umno president said the women's struggle for the party was a very big one and so was their contribution to nation building.

"Our party would not have been strong without the women and they don't ask for much. Not many of them are in this hall and that too because we require the divisions' women heads to be made delegates. If not, the number will be less, only in the front row," he said.

"They don't ask a we must entertain them," he said when winding up the debate at the 54th Umno general assembly at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre, here.

Dr Mahathir was commenting on the movement's request that he take note of the absence of women representatives in the supreme council.

Five women, including two incumbents, contested for seats on the supreme council in the party elections on Thursday but all lost.

Dr Mahathir said that during the general election the women had worked hard to canvass for votes and were not ashamed to campaign door-to-door, including at the houses of those who opposed Umno, for the sake of the party.

He said that in any human society, the number of women to men was more or less the same with each sex comprising 50 percent.

Based on this, with a bumiputera population of 14 million in the country, seven million were men and seven million women, he added.

"If we separate them, the strength of 14 million will become seven million and we will be weak. We want the women with us to fight for our race.

"They can contribute a lot to our cause not just to canvass for votes but they are also highly knowledgeable and qualified," he said.

Dr Mahathir cited several examples of successful women leaders who have represented the country, like Space Science Studies Division director Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman who is now a director at the United Nations Office for the Study of Outer Space based in Vienna, Austria.

He also mentioned several women who have succeeded in various fields including the first Malay woman fighter jet pilot in the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

He extended his thanks to Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman, who lost the Wanita Umno chief's post to Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, for expressing her intention to see the women united and continuing to fight for Umno.

"Previously when there was a change in leadership we accepted it and this time there's a change...we accept although (at this assembly) there were also boos," he said.

Dr Mahathir said advice had been conveyed to several speakers like Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin (Kedah delegate) asking the delegates to accept the movement's election results.

Rafidah was heckled by some delegates whenever her name was mentioned at the general assembly after she won the top post in the movement's elections on Wednesday.

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