Penang women who are qualified to be Board of Directors are urged to come forward: EXCO Chong Eng

PRESS STATEMENT BY YB CHONG ENG
STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCILLOR FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT & RELIGIONS OTHER THAN ISLAM
ON 1 NOVEMBER 2021

PENANG WOMEN QUALIFIED TO SIT IN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE URGED TO COME FORWARD

I call upon Penang women who are qualified to sit in the board of directors in public listed companies to reach us.

Penang women refer to women who reside in Penang or those born in Penang but work in other states.

This is in line with the announcement made by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz when tabling the Budget 2022 that it would be mandatory for all public listed companies to appoint at least one woman into its board of directors.

The announcement would take effect from Sep 1, 2022 for big capital companies and June 1, 2023 for other listed companies as reported by the New Straits Times.

It is obvious that the government of Malaysia is unable to reach the 30% target after 10 years, said Chong Eng, head of DAP women’s wing.

“Starting with one woman in the board of directors is still better than none,’’ she said.

On 8 March 2021, New Straits Times reported that Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said although the policy to have at least 30% of women in boards of directors in public listed companies was introduced in 2011, the numbers were still low.

Up till Oct 2020, only 17.2% of companies of a total 937 achieved the target while the public sector now 37.3% after implementing the policy for a decade.

In Penang, the state government encourages government-link corporations to fill up at least 30% of decision-making vacancies by women through gender inclusiveness policy.

The Penang state government targets a ratio of 40:40:20 as the benchmark for men and women’s participation at the decision-making level.

The policy set the ratio of 40 per cent men, 40 per cent women and 20 per cent men and women so that no one gender would dominate in the decision-making process.

“We have a talent pool for women in Penang.

“Besides that, we organise training programmes for women under the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC),’’ she said.

Chong Eng and the PWDC can be reached at info@pwdc.org.my with the email subject as “Women Directors”.

CHONG ENG
CHAIRMAN OF DAP WOMEN’S WING
PENANG EXCO FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND NON-ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
PADANG LALANG STATE ASSEMBLYMAN


槟城要求有资格进入董事会的女性站出来
请能够胜任董事会成员的槟城女性毛遂自荐

我呼吁有资格进入上市公司董事会的槟城女性站出来。

槟城女性是指居住在槟城或出生在槟城但在他州工作的妇女。

为了增加女性领导和决策权,政府将通过大马证券委员会,强制规定所有上市公司必须至少拥有一名女性董事。

财政部长东姑扎夫鲁在提呈2022年财政预算案时说明,这项建议预计从明年9月1日起,由大资本公司开始生效,其他上市公司则需从2023年6月1日起执行这项规定。

“很明显,马来西亚政府在10年后仍然无法达到30%为女性的目标,” 行动党全国妇女组主席章瑛说。

她说:“从董事会中至少拥有一名女性开始,总比没有好。”

2021年3月8日,《新海峡时报》报道,妇女、家庭和社区发展部部长拿督斯里丽娜哈仑表示,尽管政府2011年就执行了上市公司董事会中女性比例至少30%的政策,但这个数字仍然很低。

截至2020年10月,全国937家上市公司中只有17.2%的企业实现了这一目标,而政府部门在实施这一政策十年后,目前达到37.3%。

在槟城,州政府鼓励旗下的政府相关公司通过性别包容性政策,让至少30%女性的填补工作性质带有决策权的空缺。

槟州政府将男女参与决策的比例设定为40:40:20作为基准。

该政策规定了40%的男性、40%的女性和20%的男女的比例,这样就不会有任何性别在决策过程中占主导地位。

“我们槟城有专门为女性服务的人才库。

她说:“除此之外,我们还在槟州妇女发展机构(PWDC)下为女性进行培训。”

如欲与章瑛及槟州妇女发展机构联络,请电邮至info@pwdc.org.my,电邮主题为“女董事”。

章瑛
行动党全国妇女组主席
槟州社会发展及非伊斯兰事务委员会主席
槟城州巴当拉浪区州议员

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