Women in politics in Malaysia : A brief history
Ummu Atiyah Ahmad Zakuan
Malaysia is a multi- ethnic society composed of Malays, Chinese, Indians and others. Of about 28 million people, women constitute half of the population. This population ratio, however, is not reflected at the apex level, especially in several decision- making bodies like the cabinet and parliament. This is due to the lower- level of women’s political participation which is largely due to several factors. Specifically, culture, ethnicity and religion play a vital role in shaping the role of women in the politics and government of Malaysia. Women’s participation though increased since independence has not reached the level of acceptability.