Parliament building – a 50-year old ‘woman’ May 21, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Women.
There is no letting up, eh?
When Parliament House was first built “it was a very beautiful building” but it needed maintenance and renovations.
“A woman 50 years ago, she looks beautiful, but today she won’t look so beautiful,” he said, adding that work under the RM90mil renovations was complete. (Source)
Can Ministers, MPs etc. take their domestic issues elsewhere, far from public eyes and ears?
(Malaysiakini.com: 22 May 2007) A women’s group today ticked Samy Vellu off, saying that it was inexcusable that one of the country’s longest-serving ministers chose a sexist comment to make his point on the need for renovation works on the Parliament House.
“His remarks reinforce the gender stereotype that a woman’s worth lies with her extrinsic attributes (looks) and not with her intrinsic qualities as a human being,” said Loh Cheng Kooi from the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality.
“His statement and comparison are demeaning and an affront to women of all ages as they reduce women to objects of beauty, depreciating in value over time.” (Con’t)