Stop putting women down, Siti Kasim, Cleo tells PasLILYANA RIZAL
13 Nov 2022 07:06pm
“Women are excited to see that I’m running, and not just the non-Malays, the Malays especially. In fact, one girl told me “of course, kak, I surely support you! We are the women power!’,” Siti told to Sinar Daily.
At a walkabout at Varidelicious, Sentul today, Siti Zabedah Kasim, better known as Siti Kasim, said that women are actually the biggest force that contributes to Malaysia's economy and that we should be appreciated.
Recently, in Sik, Kedah, while campaigning for the Pas’ Sik constituency candidate, the Menteri Besar of Kedah, Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, made a remark on women’s capabilities to become the people’s representative.
In response to Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor’s comment, Siti Kasim said that Malaysians must reject chauvinists like him.
“How many CEOs, bosses? In the world as well, it is proven that women can lead, better than men sometimes,” the lawyer stressed.
Nur Fathiah Syazwana, known as Cleopatra
Nur Fathiah Syazwana, also known as Cleopatra, also supported these views and said, “Women are the pillar of everything. I think you have to respect women.”
She said women have experienced so much struggle and made many sacrifices, more than men.
She stressed that men do have their own struggles but that the struggles of women are much more than men can take.
“For me to step into politics, I want to show that all women are at par with other men. Never ever put gender as a reason for a woman, any woman not to participate in or pursue what they want to do,” she said, at the Taman Dato Senu Flats today, where she conducted a walkabout.
She added on her experience as a woman in the security and defence industry, which she said is mostly a man’s world.
Her friends, who are mostly men respect her and try to help her.
“That’s how men should support women,” said the influencer-turned-parliamentary candidate.
Siti and Cleo are two out of three women and out of ten candidates contesting at Batu parliamentary seat in the 15th General Election (GE15).
Four candidates out of the ten, including both women, are independent candidates, contesting without affiliation to any political party.
Umno President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (left) with Pas President Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang during the unity gathering on September 14, 2019 (inset: Hashim).
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