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KUCHING: Popular new media such as blogs and social networking websites — facebook, youtube and twitter — must be fully utilised to better convey government policies to the public, said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Womenís chief Senator Dato Sri Empiang Jabu.
While encouraging her associates throughout the state to embrace the new media for enhancing closer rapport with youngsters, she said it is time for women to show their talents and take various challenges seriously besides being open minded to new ideas and approaches.
“We shall also be innovative and creative in our undertakings. This includes being receptive to any feedback from the ground to improve our service delivery system,” she said before Chief Minister and PBB president Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud declared open the PBB Youth Women’s triennial general meeting (TGM) at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
Empiang said it was imperative for women to constantly acquire the latest knowledge to stay competitive in any industries.
They must also grab every opportunity, be it educational, economic, social or political offered by the government, she said. She recalled that in the 1960s, it was rare for women to be at the decision-making level, but things had changed over the decades.
She was also pleased that women in the state were given a fair chance to participate in decision-making and some of them are already hold key positions in both the public and private sector.
She then pointed to several national women leaders such as Senator Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz and Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen as well as state women leaders like the late Datuk Patinggi Puan Sri Laila Taib and Datuk Sharifah Mordiah Tuanku Fauzi as examples of role models for all women.
Empiang requested the state government to increase womenís participation in decision-making to some 30 per cent as women had proved their capabilities.
Under the 1Malaysia concept, she urged her wing to gather views from the general public as she believed that information could be useful for the government to provide what the people need. She conceded that infrastructure development in the state was still far behind compared to that in West Malaysia.
Hence she called on the federal government to increase the number of facilities and amenities such as kindergartens, clinics, and training centres in the state.